Marine Environmental Studies is for students who are interested in marine environmental science, management and policy. This degree is a fully integrated marine science course which incorporates all aspects of the marine system - physical, chemical, biological, and geological – with, in addition, management issues, such as management of the coastal zone, environmental policy, and sustainable development. The course covers the whole ocean system, but concentrates on the coastal and shelf seas, since these are the focus of socio-economic activity and are the most susceptible to climatic and human-induced change. It is suitable for students both with and without mainstream science backgrounds.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for Marine Environmental Studies with Placement Year BSc F79P.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' courses here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- The School of Ocean Sciences is one of the largest university centres teaching marine sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe.
- In addition, other Schools at Bangor contribute expertise in terrestrial environmental science, natural resource management and environmental law.
- We have unrivalled local access to the sea and seashore, ideal for developing skills in estuaries, on the seashore and at sea.
- We have our own £3.5m research ship.
The course involves up to 25-35 hours per week of lectures, practicals (laboratory and fieldwork), private study, tutorials and project work. You will also complete literature reviews, produce web pages, write essays and carry out private study using the University libraries and the internet. Practical work and fieldwork are major elements and includes a residential field course and free day trips to local sites.
Assessment methods vary - most modules combine continuous assessment with formal examinations.
Compulsory Modules - Year 1
- OSX-1000: Science Skills Tutorial (20) or
OSC-1000: Tiwtorial Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth (20)
- ONS-1001: Environmental data & analysis (20) or
ONC-1001: Dadansoddi Data Amgylcheddol (20)
- DXX-1005: Earth Systems and Processes (20)
- OSX-1005: Fundamentals of Oceanography (20)
- OSX-1000: Science Skills Tutorial or
OSC-1000: Tiwtorial Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth
- ONS-1001: Environmental data & analysis or
ONC-1001: Dadansoddi Data Amgylcheddol
- OSX-1003: Earth, Climate & Evolution (20)
20 credits from:
- BNS-1002: Organismal Diversity (20) (Semester 1)
- DXX-1002: Env. Management & Conservation (20) (Semester 1)
- FXX-1005: Chem. in Biol. and Environ. (10) (Semester 2)
- OSX-1006: Anglesey Geology Field Course (10) (Semester 1)
- OSX-1007: Marine Biogeochemistry (10) (Semester 2)
Compulsory Modules - Year 2
- OSX-2000: Communicating Science (20) or
OSC-2000: Cyfathrebu Gwyddoniaeth (20)
- OSX-2005: Remote Sensing & Geophysics (20)
- OSX-2007: Ship-based field course
20 to 40 credits from:
- DXX-2001: Sustainable Development (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
DXC-2001: Datblygiad Cynaliadwy (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
- DXX-2002: Water, air & soil pollution (20) (Semester 1)
- DXX-2003: Principles of Conservation (20) (Semester 1)
- DXX-2006: Climate Change (20) (Semester 1)
- OSX-2006: Tides, Waves and Marine Energy (20) (Semester 1)
- DXX-2008: Geohazards (20) (Semester 1)
- OSX-2009: Marine Ecology (20) (Semester 1)
0 to 20 credits from:
Compulsory Modules - Year 3
40 credits from:
- BNS-3003: Freshwater Ecosystems 2 (20) (Semester 1)
- OSX-3005: Marine Pollution (20) (Semester 1)
- OSX-3025: Marine Geology & Applications (20) (Semester 1)
- DXX-3506: C. Issues in Env & related Sci (10) (Semester 1) or
DXC-3506: Materion Cyfoes yr Amgylchedd (10) (Semester 1)
- DXX-3508: Environmental Issues (20) (Semester 1) or
DXC-3508: Materion Amgylcheddol (20) (Semester 1)
- DXX-3615: Environmental Policy (10) (Semester 1)
- Semester 1 options. Choose 40 credits. NOTE: DXX3506 & DXX3508 cannot be taken togther
20 credits from:
- OSX-3002: Marine Ecosystems & Processes (20) (Semester 2)
- DXX-3018: Rivers, Coast and Oceans (20) (Semester 2)
- Semester 2 options. Choose 20 credits.
Employability and the School of Ocean Sciences
The School of Ocean Science's 'hands on' approach to teaching is well known in the marine science community and we have close links with offshore industries which employ many of our graduates.
Employers know that Bangor graduates have practical as well as theoretical skills.
An Ocean Science degree not only provides sound scientific knowledge of the marine environment, but places strong emphasis on the key skills which are highly regarded by employers.
Depending on their degree and specialist module choices, graduates from the School of Ocean Sciences can apply for jobs in:
- Coastal and water resource management
- Environmental impact assessment
- Environmental toxicology
- Pollution monitoring/treatment and waste disposal management
- Coastal and offshore engineering, hydrography
- Remote sensing
- Sea bed exploration and surveying
- Research institutes
- Water companies
- Government laboratories (including Environmental Agency and CEFAS)
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Oil and gas industries
- Aquaculture industries
- Marine conservation
- Fish and shellfish culture
- Oceangraphic institutes
- Marine environmental impact studies
- Hydrocarbon companies
- Marine environmental consultancy
- The Environment Agency
- Policy Making (e.g the European Union)
- Regulatory Authorities
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.