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Marine, Coast & Ocean Sciences


Ready to set sail and study in Britain’s Ocean City? Plymouth’s coastal location provides the perfect setting for navigation, marine and ocean studies.

After completing our foundation in Marine, Coast & Ocean Sciences, you will join Europe’s largest marine institute and the only university-based diving and marine centre in the UK.


  • Two semesters


  • September
  • January


  • £15,250

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Special Features

  • First year direct entry available for BSc (Hons) Oceanography and Coastal Processes, BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration and Surveying and BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
  • Access the largest number of humanoid robots in Europe
  • Fieldwork opportunities and optional placement year
  • £19m marine building with ultramodern facilities, including a full-size ship simulator and wave basin

Programme Details

Location: UPIC at the University of Plymouth
Intake: September and January

Semester 1

  • ILS1AND3 – Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • BUS107 – Principles of ICT
  • SCI101SC – Numerical Techniques 1
  • SCI115 – Physics

Semester 2

  • SCI102 – Numerical Techniques 2
  • SCI120 – Biology: You will learn about key biological theories, such as Darwin’s theory of evolution, and cover topics including genetics, DNA, the immune system and photosynthesis.
  • SCI125 – Chemistry
  • SCI130 – Research and Referencing

Full Programme Specification (PDF)


  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Diving Instructor
  • Park Rangers
  • Zookeeper

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Why we chose UPIC

Hear from our students about what helped them choose Plymouth, and what is so special about their experiences as a student at UPIC.

We picked UPIC!

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