Course Comparison

Course MRes Marine Biology BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
Award Master of Research - MRes Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
Duration 1 year 3 years
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Biological and Marine Sciences School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Entry requirements

A good degree (2:1 or above, USA GPA 3.1 or above) preferably in a biological science. Other suitable degrees may be considered.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service. 

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5.

To include A level Biology and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C.

For candidates that do not have a second science subject at A level, please contact: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma/RQF National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: 128-144 points (DDM-DDD) - note that this is subject to the exact modules you have studied - please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, stating explicitly the full list of modules within your qualification.

International Baccalaureate 30 diploma points overall, to include 5 diploma points in Biology (Higher Level) plus 5 diploma points in second science at Higher Level. English and Mathematics must be included.

Access To Higher Education Science-based diplomas, 33 credits in science-based units at merit including a minimum of 12 credits in biology units.

We would usually expect GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C / 4, or equivalent.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

English language requirements

For candidates that do not have traditional qualifications, our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Foundation Year programme provides a route onto this degree.

Please note that we do interview some applicants for this programme, at the Admissions Tutor's discretion.