What will I learn?


An academic understanding of ocean life across the world has never been more important. Ocean covers more than 70% of the world’s surface. Its future, the future of its inhabitants and the future of our planet are bound together.

Swansea University is ideally located for marine biology field work. The nearby Gower Peninsula offers a variety of study habitats from rocky shorelines and steep cliffs enclosing small sheltered bays, to sand dunes, salt marsh and estuarine mudflats.

Studying biology at Swansea gives you access to world-leading teaching and cutting edge facilities across ecological, physiological and molecular studies.


Our Biosciences degrees at Swansea University are designed so that you have the skills that today's employers are looking for. Bioscience graduates have a huge range of career options within sectors which include environmental agencies, fisheries and aquaculture and the biological and biochemical industries.

Our degrees will provide you with an understanding of a wide range of biological and ecology theoretical and practical skills; teach you a range of sampling and survey techniques for both plants and animals and equip you with the practical, taxonomic, numerical and computational skills that are valued and required by many employers.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your essential transferable skills, such as team working, communication, presentation, problem solving, and analytical skills.

Swansea University helps you to prepare for your future career by helping you to find work placements and relevant part-time jobs, offering year in industry options. You will also benefit from working with organisations such as the Bat Conservation Trust, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Gower Bird Hospital and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

We offer CV workshop and you will have access to our Employment Zone, which advertises work placements, part time vacancies and graduate jobs. We have dedicated staff who will always be on hand to provide employability support, throughout your studies. We take Employability seriously and you will leave Swansea University with much more than a degree, gaining invaluable life skills and experiences on your journey.

Professional Body Accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Bsc Marine Biology with a year in industry

Your year spent in industry will offer an enriching real-world experience, locally or overseas, giving a competitive advantage when it comes to seeking employment. As a Biosciences student, you will already have a wide skill set which you will widen further during your placement year.

Although securing a placement is the responsibility of the student, we work with a number of organisations who provide a range of placement opportunities. If you are unable to secure a placement by the end of the second year of your studies you will transfer onto the equivalent degree programme.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

Please check with institution

Start date

26 September 2022


Singleton Park Campus

Singleton Park,


SA2 8PP, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are expected to have achieved the minimum of 550 – 600 (or 1650 – 1800 overall) with an IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each part of the test (or equivalent).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The College, Swansea University

About Swansea University

A dual campus university, Swansea University boasts excellent teaching, research and outstanding student support.

  • Rated in the top 30 UK research universities (REF 2014-21)
  • Awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • UK Top 15 for career prospects (Complete University Guide)
  • Among the top 10 safest places to study in the UK