Marine Biology

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


In Marine Biology you learn about the diversity of sea life, from the smallest plankton to the largest marine mammals, and investigate their evolution, physiology, ecology and management. You study a range of marine habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky shores, mudflats and estuaries, open ocean and the deep sea, in field-based and lab-based practical work. This programme provides you with a strong foundation in biological sciences, principles and methodologies, while providing you with expertise in marine science.

Year 1: Frontiers in Biological Sciences; Diversity of Life 1 and 2; Ecology and Environmental Science; The Cell; Oceans and Society.

Year 2: Genes and Evolution; Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST); Ecology; Principles of Animal Physiology; Ocean Biology; plus one of the following field courses: Parasitology; Coastal Biodiversity; Fish and Shellfish Biology; Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology.

Year 3: Statistical Analysis of Biological Data; Animal Evolution and Biodiversity; Animal Population Ecology; Marine Ecology and Ecosystems; Environmental Physiology; Applied Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Year 4: You will carry out a research project and complete advanced courses of your choosing.
We offer advanced courses in Marine Mammalogy, Sustainable Aquaculture, Sustainable Management
of Marine Resources and many others.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects by end of S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including Biology and another maths or science subject at AB or BA.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level