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.
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.
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