Students on fieldwork

Do you want to be an ecologist or marine biologist? Or are you dedicated to carving out a career in marine conservation? As a marine biology and coastal ecology student, your career options are as expansive as the oceans you study. Whatever your career goals, we’ll work with you throughout your degree to give you the support you need, preparing you to make real impact in your chosen field.

With our marine biology and coastal ecology degree, you’ll take a hands-on approach to learning, spending time exploring the South Devon coastline and examining marine life in the lab. Alongside this our course considers some of the most exciting theories in modern biology, as well as the major environmental challenges we face, and how best to tackle them. Getting to grips with these, supported by practical work in the lab and in the field means you’ll graduate better prepared to embark on your chosen career, whatever this may be.

Ready to succeed

Ensuring you graduate with skills that directly apply to a range of professions – from oceanographer to researcher – is a primary focus of our teaching. So you’ll develop a range of practical skills that you’ll use throughout your career, from data analysis to writing reports. You’ll also have the chance to gain real-life work experience during a third-year placement with an organisation of your choice – also serving as an opportunity to make vital contacts in the world of work

A world of choices

Our graduates work as marine ecologists in many related fields. When you graduate you’ll be in a position to:
  • engage in the latest research in your chosen field,
  • create and influence policy as a member of a marine biology or conservation organisation,
  • work to actively conserve our marine environment all over the world,
  • pursue postgraduate teaching qualifications,
  • use your diving skills as a marine scientist or filmmaker,
  • gain entry to a postgraduate marine or environmental science programme.