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Marine biology

Explore the fascinating complexity of the natural world.

Marine biology

Dive into the complex world of whales, coral reefs, fish, deep sea trenches and coastal lagoons.

At Essex you will gain a wealth of knowledge from a huge breadth of ecosystems, from estuaries and coastal environments, to oceanic systems. With climate change affecting our oceans at an unprecedented rate, there has never been a more important time to study marine biology. 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.
  • Marine Biology at Essex is ranked 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020).
  • Use our on-site aquarium facilities and Marine Biology Field Centre for your research projects.
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"I was lucky enough to receive an International Experience Bursary to help fund my travel to Tanzania, where as a Research Officer. 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 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
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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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"My postgraduate degree included a 'professional skills' module which was really useful for gaining skills that you might need in academia. It also covered statistics and coding in R, which are great transferable skills for any career in science. Since finishing my degree, I have been running a marine conservation non-profit (set up by myself and a peer from my course) called The Marine Diaries. I also started working as an Environmental Consultant for Orbis Engery, my role involves map creation in ArcGIS, report writing and research."
Rebecca Daniel msc marine biology
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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.
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"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. 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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