Marine Biology MMarBiol (Hons)

Key information


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Career prospects

Our graduates have a diverse range of careers in the following areas which include: the media, environmental consultancy, administration, academia, teaching, local and national government and international banking. Examples of recent graduate careers in the sector include: fisheries observers, surveyor, seabird research assistant, turtle conservation field leader, field assistant on mammal surveys, rangers and conducting environmental surveys for construction work. Many choose to continue their studies at master’s or PhD level on topics such as fish assemblages in mangroves, marine ecosystem responses to climate change and carbon sequestration in soils.

Recent employers

  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  • United Utilities
  • Fairbanks Environmental
  • Wildlife Sense
  • Earth and Marine Environmental Consultants
  • International Pole and Line Foundation
  • Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton.

Work experience opportunities

The importance of work and volunteer experience is stressed to our students from Welcome Week onwards. We maintain an up-to-date list of organisations in the local area and further afield who take on volunteers every year and there may also be opportunities for summer work experience within the School. The overseas study visit is an opportunity for students to gain work experience overseas.

We are part of a competitive placement scheme funded by the Countryside Council for Natural Resources Wales (CCW) and each year our Year Two students can apply to spend a fully-funded year working with the CCW marine team.

Postgraduate opportunities

Postgraduate opportunities at the University of Liverpool:

  • Applied Ecology and Conservation MRes
  • Marine Planning and Management MSc
  • Environmental Science MSc
  • PhD opportunities.

Qualifying you for life

Essential transferable skills ranging from organisation and time management to communication, writing, presentations and numeracy are embedded throughout our programmes. There is a strong focus on preparation for future work including a ‘CV Masterclass’ from a recruitment industry professional, a programme of visits from recent graduates and links to our accrediting bodies and learned societies such as the Marine Biological Association and British Ecological Society.

We encourage our students to gain niche skills through our relationships with specialist providers. These include Liverpool University Sub-Aqua Club for diving, Liverpool Animal Conservation Society, the Field Studies Council for species identification and OrcaWeb for marine mammal identification and survey techniques.