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Zoology with Marine Biology

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biology and Zoology

UCAS Code: C162

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years full-time with a placement year
Up to six years part-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,300 per year

In Brief:

  • Innovative, collaborative course designed to deliver extensive knowledge of the zoological science with a particular focus on the marine environment
  • Significant practical training in zoology and marine biology, taught through two residential field trips including one to Europe
  • Excellent platform for a research career as well as ideal for those candidates whom would like to pursue a career in industry
  • Overall student satisfaction for BSc Zoology is 100% (NSS 2017)
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The new BSc (hons) Zoology with Marine Biology is the first of its kind in the Northwest, managing to strike a fine balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skill learning. Thanks to the supportive learning environment, the student will gain a systematic understanding of key aspects of biodiversity, and conservation, learning how these apply to the marine environment. The curriculum is contemporary and will enhance employability through the University’s ICZ programme.

Practical training is particularly relevant, and will be delivered during two residential fieldtrips in coastal locations. The first one, in the second year of study, will be carried out in Dale (Wales), at the renowned Dale Fort Field Station. The second trip will be organized at the beginning on the third year, in Kavala, Greece, in collaboration with the national Fisheries Research Institute.

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Year 1    

This module focuses on the origins and diversity of living organisms (including humans), the environmental processes and their role in the generation of biodiversity.            
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.            
You will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied during year 1 and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.            
The aim of this module is develop an understanding of basic genetics, evolution and population genetics and how these disciplines are relevant to wildlife studies. You will also look at how wildlife species interact with the ecosystems in which they live.      
This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.            
This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro- and molecular biology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.            

Year 2    

The highlight of year 2 is the opportunity to go on an excellent residential field trip at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire in May for the Marine Biology module, which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.    

This module will help you to develop an ability to understand the basics of scientific research under the following areas in order to prepare you for future research based activity:                
  • Critical evaluation of research-based literature                
  • Understanding experimental techniques and design                
  • Data interpretation, analysis and presentation                
  • Dissertation writing and presentation                
  • This module will equip you with knowledge of marine ecosystems and marine organisms. A comprehensive series of lecture sessions, delivered by marine biologists and an invited seminar speaker, will present an overview of the biodiversity of marine organisms, their evolution, behaviours, intra- and inter-specific        interactions        and adaptations to their environments. The module provides the you with the opportunity to work under lab conditions to recognise morphological adaptations to different environments.            
    In this module you will learn about the challenges faced by the marine ecosystems and marine organisms. The module provides the you with the opportunity to engage in actual data collection and data analysis during a residential course (compulsory to the module). You will also look at contemporary environmental        issues        in marine biology.            
    This module provides an overview of how diversity in the animal kingdom has evolved. It also illustrates the basic principles of evolution as a force to create biodiversity.                
    Choose one from:    
    Study the consequence of human actions on the environment from prehistoric times to the present day, the appropriate ecological principles involved in population biology and in the autecology of selected dominant species.                
    This module focuses on the principles of wildlife ecology and animal behaviour with particular reference to mammal and bird species. It also introduces scientific methods in the study of ecology and behaviour.                
    This module aims to provide you with a cohesive lecture programme and directed reading, enabling you to gain knowledge and understanding of: the range of infectious diseases that impact on humans; the basic biology and life cycles of protozoa and helminths of medical importance; vectors that transmitinfectious        agents        and the internal and external factors that affect transmission of infectious diseases.            
    Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.            
    And one from:    
    This module will introduce you to the modern concepts of conservation biology at the level of species and populations, the existing tensions between theory and practice in species conservation planning, and an overview of the interdisciplinary toolbox used by conservation biologists (for example IT        packages        and DNA fingerprints). You will also be given the chance to design an appropriate conservation programme for a species or population, including the projection of future survival under varying scenarios.                
    The aim of this module is to provide you with a cohesive lecture and laboratory programme to enable you to become aware of mammalian molecular biology and genetics and to develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.            
    Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.            

    Year 3    

    The highlight of year 3 is the opportunity to go on another excellent residential field trip to Greece, within the Fisheries Science module.    

    This module will give you a broad understanding of the world’s fisheries, their usefulness, their drivers, their controversies; and the ability to assess the conflicts of interests among stakeholders. The module will be delivered by experts in the field, and includes a residential field trip to        a        coastal region in the Mediterranean.            
    This module will equip you with knowledge and skills of cutting-edge biotechnologies applied to the marine ecosystem. This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in bioinformatic data analysis during computer-based sessions.            
    Choose one of the following options:    
    This dissertation module allows you to develop independent, experimental, investigative and analytical research skills as you conduct a substantial research project based around a specific aspect/topic in your relevant bioscience discipline area.                
    This dissertation module allows you to develop independent, investigative and analytical research skills while conducting research on topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. It further allows you to learn about science communication and the variety of ways in which science can be disseminated  and        communicated.              
    Plus two options from:    
    The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge of methods and tools at the forefront of wildlife management and conservation.                          
    This module looks at the importance of human and animal parasites, in relation to medical, veterinary or wildlife aspects, life-cycle biology, host response and the principles of parasite epidemiology and transmission. You will also study strategies for parasite detection, diagnosis and control. The        module        includes a unique field course to enable you to see parasites living in their natural environment.            
    This is a unique module that builds on the considerable research experience that staff at Salford have in Parasitology and infectious diseases. It covers the basics and epidemiology of this group of diseases from a holistic view.            
    This module looks at the way evolution has shaped both the development and adaptation of groups of animals to their environments.            
    The module focuses on biology relevant to the water industry and organisations which regulate and control the aquatic environment; for example the Environment Agency. The major themes are biology associated with water resources and water pollution. The module will be enhanced by field studies and external        visits.

    Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

    Entry Requirements

    Qualification Entry requirements
    You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
    English Language and Maths at grade C or above
    UCAS tariff points 96 - 112 points including a grade C at A2 Biology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
    GCE A level 96 - 112 points including a grade C at A2 Biology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
    BTEC National Diploma MMM
    BTEC Higher National Diploma Possible entry to year 3
    Foundation Degree Possible entry to year 3
    Scottish Highers 96-112 points including Higher Biology
    Irish Leaving Certificate 96-112 points including Higher Biology
    International Baccalaureate 29 points with at least 1 science subject from Group 4

    Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

    We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

    There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

    Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor  before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656

    English Language Requirements

    International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

    Applicant profile

    You should be interested in the study of the marine environment and processes, its biodiversity, challenges faced and management.

    Fees and Funding


    Fees 2018-19

    Type of Study Fee
    Full-time £9,250 per year
    Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
    Full-time International £12,300 per year

    Additional costs

    • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
    • Field trips - you will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide your own refreshments.
    • International field courses -  the trip to Greece may include a small cost (exact cost TBC)

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


    Teaching methods include:

    • Lectures, which will offer information and illustrative application, presenting and exploring core ideas in the subject area surrounding marine biology.
    • Tutorials, which will be directed student-centred and problem-based sessions, and provide the chance to discuss material taught in lectures and laboratory practical classes.
    • Practical classes, which will provide demonstrations of techniques and methods used in marine biology and provide you with a structured opportunity to acquire such techniques/methods and the chance to develop both individual and group-working skills.
    • Fieldwork, which will enable you to further develop skills in team working; learn and put into action ecological techniques; enhance observational and species recognition skills and appreciate the ethical aspects of handling animals within their environments.
    • Research project, which will allow you to practice the application of appropriate, selected techniques and methods used in marine biology in an academic context, demonstrate research methodologies and acquire skills in the marine biological field.


    Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.


    Heather Wells, BSc Zoology graduate

    Heather graduated with a first class degree having completed a 12 month placement in the Airway Pharmacology group at Wythenshawe hospital

    What I enjoyed most about the course at Salford was the learning environment. The classes were much smaller than those I had experienced at a previous university, meaning it was a friendlier atmosphere in which to learn and make lots of friends. 

    I think the course itself is really well structured, covering a broad range of subjects in relation to zoology, giving students a thorough background into the subject. I feel that it prepared me well to continue on to Master's level study.

    Career Prospects

    Zoology with Marine Biology graduates can enter a wide range of career paths. These include careers related to the wider sciences training such as science communication and publishing, science administration, to marine life conservation and management. Other graduates may go on to work in the environmental consultancy industry, marine biotechnology as well as research institutes and government agencies.

    Links with Industry

    We would encourage you to take a placement year, during which you do not pay tuition fees and the position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory

    In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

    Placement Opportunities

    Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. The position is often salaried, with a major company linked to the environmental sector or wildlife trust, or a research organisation. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

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