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Centre for

Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.


Marine biology and ecology at Heriot-Watt University is a well-established discipline within the School of Life Sciences, and run by a dynamic team of marine scientists based at the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology.

Our BSc in Marine Biology was amongst the first in the UK and reflects active involvement by teaching staff in research and consultancy in the main employment areas for marine biology graduates.

The programme has two focal areas:

• resources from the sea, including fisheries, aquaculture, seaweed exploitation and biotechnology
• marine environmental protection, including conservation, toxicology and pollution biology, underpinned by thorough coverage of marine biodiversity

We believe practical experience is central to being a professional marine biologist. This is reflected in our undergraduate programme, which is centred on a strong practical component, including two field courses and use of our own sea-going research vessel based in Loch Creran, near Oban. Students benefit from an active diving team and integrated support from other environmental sciences such as marine chemistry and geology.

Specialisation in marine biology is combined with advanced study in other important areas of life sciences including molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry, meaning our graduates are flexible, well-rounded biologists able to embark on a variety of career paths.

More information on the BSc in Marine Biology conducted at the CMBB is available here. Current and prospective students can join our facebook group here!