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Welcome to the course page for one of the most exciting courses in marine science in the UK!
This four-year course is Scotland's only multidisciplinary course in marine science, integrating the studies of marine biology, physical and chemical oceanography and marine geology and leading to a rounded understanding of the marine system. Students also gain a diverse range of numerical, technical, analytical, field sampling, time management and communication skills.
Course strengths include:
- diverse and highly relevant modules delivered by researchers
- much hands-on fieldwork
- integration into a dynamic research culture
- small class sizes (max of 30 per year)
- excellent learning and research facilities including research vessels and aquaria
- stunning marine location with access to diverse coastal habitats
The course is delivered predominantly face-to-face at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Named qualifications are available to students leaving after any year of successful study - read more...
Previous BSc (Hons) graduates have gone on to postgraduate programmes and employment as teachers, lab technicians, scientists or in positions in the petroleum industry, government agencies, aquaculture etc
Each academic year, full-time students must successfully study six modules, usually three per semester. Each single module will attain 20 credits / 10 ECTS, double modules carry 40 credits / 20 ECTS.
Most modules are assessed through examination and continuous assessment. examinations usually accoutnfor 40 5 of the final mark, but some modules may vary. The continuous assessment will be designed to best suit the module and subject area but ranges from lab reports, field course reports, essays, oral presentations, posters etc.
The Programme Leader for the Marine Science Undergraduate programe is Dr Tim O'Higgins
In the first year of the BSc (Hons) Marine Science course the new students develop solid foundations in the core sciences and learn key skills they need in the laboratory, in the field, and for communicating their work. All eight first year modules are mandatory. The first year leader is marine biologist Shona Magill. Read more…
In the second year students apply the general science principles acquired in the first year to the marine environment. In this year they develop a good overview of marine science. five second year modules are mandatory, and one module can be chosen by you. The second year leader is marine biogeochemist Dr Henrik Stahl. Read more…
In the third year only one of the eight modules is mandatory - a research project - while students chose seven modules from a range of biological and non-biological topics. This year students begin to delve into more detail, and explore the many ways people use and interact with the marine environment. The third year leader is marine policy expert Dr Maeve Kelly. Read more…
In the honours year, students put a significant focus on their research dissertation (a double module), and study with increasing independence. They can select five optional modules from a list of topics and will conduct a mandatory case study. The fourth year leader is marine ecologist Dr Adam Hughes. Read more…
Entry requirements and application information
Click here to view entry requirements to study the BSc (Hons) Marine Science.
For application information please visit the course pages of the University of the Highlands and Islands website.
Dr Tim O'Higgins (programme leader)