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Marine biology

Explore the fascinating complexity of the natural world.

Marine biology
Investigate the effects of environmental change on coral reef biodiversity with a field trip to the Coral Triangle.

Develop your skills in the latest ocean sampling techniques in Greece, and explore the Essex coastline. You can also volunteer with our Coral Reef Research Unit and join our Marine Conservation Society.

 

Why study here?
  • Our underwater lectures give you an exciting, unique and engaging educational experience.
  • You will receive SCUBA training and conduct underwater research on our coral reef field trip.
  • Use our on-site aquarium facilities and Marine Biology Field Centre for your research projects.
Photo of BSc Marine Biology student Emma Ward scuba diving on placement
“I was lucky enough to receive an International Experience Bursary to help fund my travel to Tanzania, where as a Research Officer I worked as part of a staff team of two, to coordinate base activities, complete the base research and deliver volunteer training. I led lectures on a variety of topics such as seagrass and mangrove ecology, coral reef fish and invertebrate ID, turtle conservation and butterfly biology. I was also responsible for educational snorkel sessions, the navigation and completion of some of our reef biodiversity assessments during scientific dives. Whilst here I setup a new terrestrial project on ‘Mafia Island butterfly ID and abundance’. The team also took part in various beach cleans with the local community and school children. I got to take part in an array of other experiences including: turtle hatching observation with co-partner Sea Sense; a whale watching excursion; sighting hippos on the North of the Island; bird watching walks with a local guide; and beach cleans with the local community.”
Emma Ward BSc Marine Biology
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
The interaction between people and planet is an increasingly complex issue, and the question of how to manage our environment presents a global challenge.

Our curriculum is constantly evolving to reflect the latest findings in the field across the vast expanse of marine biology. Tropical ecosystems provide important resources locally and globally, and coral reefs are the most diverse of marine ecosystems threatened by human activities. There has never been a more exciting time to study biology. 

Why study here?
  • Our Coral Reef Research Unit is the most extensive of its kind in the UK.
  • Network with internationally recognised researchers at the forefront of their field.
  • Our unique multidisciplinary course is designed to deliver advanced theory and facilitate the development of a range of practical and professional skills.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
The natural world provides us with the essentials for life.

The interaction between people and our planet is an increasingly complex issue, and the question of how to manage our environment presents a global challenge. Our curriculum is constantly evolving to reflect the latest findings in the field across the vast expanse of plant, environmental and marine biology, from the impact of climate change on coral reefs to sustainable crop yields. There has never been a more exciting time to study biology.

Why study here?
  • Our Coral Reef Research Unit is the most extensive of its kind in the UK.
  • We study the interactions between microbes, animals and plants, working from the genetic and cellular level, right through to whole organisms and ecosystems.
  • Network with internationally recognised researchers at the forefront of their field.
Photo of PhD Marine Biology graduate, Julius Piercy
“When I applied, only two universities in the world were offering PhDs in marine biology on my dream topic: the underwater sounds of coral reefs. Studying at Essex offered me the once-in-a-lifetime chance to study on pristine coral reefs in Indonesia, some of the richest and most diverse coral reefs in the world. I had absolutely no doubt it was the right decision. Studying at Essex made me really versatile. When my ambition to be a researcher fell through due to an unexpected health condition, I had no problem changing my career path because of the variety of skills I had gained. I am now a Senior Scientific Adviser at Defra, working with policy makers to solve some of the UK's biggest environmental challenges.”
Julius Piercy PhD Marine Biology, 2015
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