Marine Science BSc (Hons)

UCAS code F710
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What is special about this course?

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

Special features

  • The coastline around Oban is the ideal location for studying marine science
  • You will have access to the facilities of an internationally renowned marine laboratory
  • Independent research projects and field courses form a key part of your studies
  • Excellent staff to student ratio
  • Choose from streams in Marine Science or Marine Science with Arctic Studies or Marine Science with Oceanography and Robotics
  • Opportunity to spend one or two semesters at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in the Arctic Circle

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBB or above OR
  • 3 A levels at grade BCC or above
  • These must include two science subjects PLUS
  • You must also have English and Maths at National 5, Standard Grade credit, UCAS tariff 250 points or GCSE Maths and English or, their equivalents
  • International students whose first language is not English must also meet relevant language competency standards
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades BBB:

  • Access to biological science (West Lothian College)
  • Access to health and life science (Fife College) or,

Through discussion with the course team, other suitable access courses will allow entry

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules include:

  • Marine field course
  • Mathematics and statistics for science
  • Fundamentals of marine biology
  • Fundamentals of marine physics
  • Fundamentals of marine chemistry
  • Fundamentals of marine geology

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules include:

  • Statistics and experimental design
  • Marine biology
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Marine resources
  • Physical oceanography
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Marine geology
  • Advanced maths and programming

Year 3 - BSc

Modules available in third year for students at SAMS UHI:

  • Fisheries ecology
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine conservation
  • Marine zoology
  • Marine microbial ecology
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Ocean circulation and climate
  • Marine biogeochemical cycling
  • Marine pollution
  • Marine robotics
  • Marine instrumentation and data
  • Literature review

If you are accepted for an exchange semester or year at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), you can choose from the following modules:

  • Arctic biology
  • Arctic geology
  • Arctic technology
  • Arctic geophysics

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Modules include:

  • Behaviour and biological clocks
  • Defining the marine carbon cycle
  • Science communication
  • Deep-sea ecosystems
  • Marine environmental impact assessment
  • Marine modelling
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Coastal and shelf sea dynamics
  • Polar seas

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn by face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical field and laboratory work, with support at SAMS UHI in Oban, on the west coast of Scotland
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities, and expert advice from SAMS UHI marine researchers

How long will my course last?


  • Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week

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.


Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

Fees

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:

 2016-172017-18*
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

Rest of UK students

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:

 Level2016-172017-18
    Full-time Full-time
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.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**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.

International students

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:

 2016-172017-18
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.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact SAMS UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Marine Science course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Environmental assessment
  • Environmental management
  • Aquaculture or fisheries industries
  • Marine conservation
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Renewable energy sector
  • The oil industry

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the following postgraduate courses:

 

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

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.

Apply for Marine Science BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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