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Are you passionate about our seas and oceans? do you enjoy science? Do you want to study in an area with an enormous wealth of marine and coastal environments at a campus right on the beach?
Study our BSc (Hons) Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI) in Oban and explore the marine realm first hand. You will learn about marine science and technology from world-leading researchers and apply the latest technologies.
The facilities of this internationally renowned marine laboratory and the ready access you will have to experts in the field will be a great springboard to success in your future marine science career.
Fieldwork is an important element of the course and you will learn how to collect samples and data on research vessels, in aquaria and on the seashore. You will also develop excellent laboratory skills.
While the programme takes a holistic approach to the marine environment, students can specialise and graduate with exit qualifications in 'Marine Science with Arctic Studies' or 'Marine Science with Oceanography and Robotics.'
For more details please visit https://www.sams.ac.uk/education/undergraduate
Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades BBB:
Through discussion with the course team, other suitable access courses will allow entry
Modules available in third year for students at SAMS UHI:
If you are accepted for an exchange semester or year at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), you can choose from the following modules:
You must also complete a dissertation.
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||CertHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2016-17 and 2017-18).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year||£11,000||£11,550|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year***||£5,520||£5,775|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)***||£1,840||£1,925|
***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Marine Science course, you might like to consider careers in:
You can progress to the following postgraduate courses:
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
The reputation for the BSc (Hons) Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, was so high that I chose to study here. During your studies you are taught by respected scientists in their field; offered hands-on experience in the industry; and taught course material which is relevant and up-to-date.
Sarahjane Pugh, 2nd year BSc (Hons) Marine Science student, relocated from Birmingham to Oban to study at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI campus.
I discovered the course through a friend who was already enrolled. She lived in the Arctic for her 3rd year of studies and I went to visit her. I had such a good time and met so many wonderful people, both studying with the university and from around the world, that I was inspired to go on to further studies.
I love the opportunities that students can get involved in; there are so many projects going on and by simply asking and showing a keen interest in an area of study you can get involved and get stuck in. The lecturers and support staff always have time if you show willing and that is really encouraging. So far this year I have been out on several boat trips, launched underwater gliders, am involved in active work in the geochemistry lab and will be heading out on a 3 week cruise to Iceland over the summer! Not bad!
James Coogan, 2nd year BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Arctic Studies student based at our Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI campus.
I’m extremely honoured by the awards and I’d like to thank all the staff and my fellow students at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI for their unrivalled help and support throughout my final year. I'm now studying an MSc in climate change at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, however SAMS UHI will always be my home university in my head and in my heart.
Samuel Black graduated from our BSc (Hons) Marine Science and was Student of the Year 2016. He also won the Tripartite Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, awarded annually for the best research project by a BSc student in marine science, engineering or technology at a UK university or college.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
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