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Marine Biology

Marine Biology

The oceans are a key element for the existence of life on Earth. 97% of all the water on Earth, and 99% of the habitable space on this planet, is in the ocean (source: NASA).

Marine biology is the interdisciplinary study of life in the ocean. At the present time, the position of marine biology graduates has never been as critical to the functioning of our society, economy and environment. Complex issues such as overfishing, pollution and climate change are colliding to bring about extraordinary and sometimes catastrophic changes in marine systems.

As a marine biologist you will apply cutting edge technologies to help tackle these issues on a scale from molecules to ecosystems. The Marine Biology degree at QUB is based on a research-led teaching format and will prepare students for a future in a diverse range of careers including marine conservation, environmental consultancy, documentary film making, wildlife tourism, fisheries management and academic study.

This course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.  This highlights the academic quality of the course and recognises the course in enabling graduates to meet the needs of the employer through development of technical and transferable skills. Beyond the taught degree, all Marine Biology students have the opportunity to gain professional boating qualifications (e.g. Survival at Sea, Powerboat Level II) that increase their employability both within and outside of academia. 

Marine Biology at Queen's

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Discovery Sessions

  • Muck and Monsters: Tales from the Deep Ocean

    In this talk Dr Collins tells of his experiences in deep sea exploration and why the island of Ireland lies at the forefront of this exciting field. He also explains why further research is urgently needed into the Earth’s largest and least accessible ecosystem and the conservation challenges that lie ahead.

  • Tracking Ocean Giants: The SeaMonitor Project

    The SeaMonitor Project is a €4.6M EU funded project following the movements of some of our most prominent ‘megafauna’ to develop UK/Irish conservation strategies. Here Dr Phillips explains how researchers at Queen’s are using state-of the-art tracking technology to learn more about basking sharks and giant flapper skate to aid their conservation.

  • The Sea Turtles of Galapagos: Keeping a Good Thing Good

    Queen’s researchers are working with the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands to balance the needs of growing ecotourism industry against species conservation. Dr Houghton explains how they are using underwater acoustics, satellite tracking and accelerometers (fancy versions of ‘fit bits’) to understand the behaviour and movements of green sea to reduce the potential for boat strikes.

  • What's for Tea at the Bottom of the Sea: Baited Underwater Video Systems

    Understanding the impacts of human activities in the ocean is a key role of marine biologists. Here Dr Eagling explains how innovative underwater camera survey methods developed at QUB are providing a non-invasive way of assessing the diversity of species at the seabed that can be used in a commercial context (i.e. assessing where and how a windfarm can be built to enhance, rather than reduce marine biodiversity).

Subject Overview

Marine biology is the interdisciplinary study of life in the ocean. At the present time, the position of marine biology graduates has never been as critical to the functioning of our society, economy and environment. Complex issues such as overfishing, pollution and climate change are colliding to bring about extraordinary and sometimes catastrophic changes in marine systems.

As a marine biologist you will apply cutting edge technologies to help tackle these issues on a scale from molecules to ecosystems. The Marine Biology degree at QUB is based on a research-led teaching format and will prepare students for a future in a diverse range of careers including marine conservation, environmental consultancy, documentary film making, wildlife tourism, fisheries management and academic study.

This course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.  This highlights the academic quality of the course and recognises the course in enabling graduates to meet the needs of the employer through development of technical and transferable skills. Beyond the taught degree, all Marine Biology students have the opportunity to gain professional boating qualifications (e.g. Survival at Sea, Powerboat Level II) that increase their employability both within and outside of academia. 

77%
of final year students were satisfied with the course
(NSS 2019)
100%
of students agreed staff were good at explaining things
(NSS 2019)
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"The best part about studying Marine Biology at Queen’s was the close connections I made both with other students and with the academic staff. Even though it is a big university and part of the research-leading Russell Group, the lecturers were always very approachable and helpful."

Velizara Stoilova, Bulgaria (BSc Marine Biology Graduate)

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