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Marine Biology

University of Essex

12 months
19740 GBP/year
5630 GBP/year
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Research in the Marine Biology programme at the University of Essex covers a wide spectrum of biology from genes to ecosystems, and this broad-based structure provides opportunities for developing novel ideas and inter-disciplinary projects.


As a research student in the Marine Biology programme at the University of Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world-class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible for example using the generous funding from Proficio to attend conferences and training courses.

Specialist facilities

We have excellent facilities for marine and freshwater studies both in the laboratory and in the field. In house facilities include:

  • a range of aquatic and terrestrial mesocosms, including large temperature-controlled aquaria for simulating tropical or temperate and fresh or marine systems
  • replicated environmental outdoor mesocosms simulating tidal and terrestrial systems
  • a state-of-the-art tropical coral-reef research facility devoted to fully climate-controllable experiments
  • multiple pH-stating systems to control CO2 concentration for ocean acidification experiments
  • a suite of field equipment and boats
  • microbial culturing facilities
  • advanced bioimaging suite to visualise and analyse images of biological processes in real time

You have access to a wealth of local and overseas field sites through ongoing funded projects and collaborations. Extensive marine and estuarine habitats of national and international ecological importance are located within a short distance of our Colchester Campus.

A dedicated study room allows all our postgraduate research students to have access to a desk and a computer outside of the research laboratories. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating reading and writing as well as good communication and a sense of community.

Your future

Our graduates go on to a range of careers. Some choose to continue into a research career by taking up doctoral positions in the UK or overseas. Others work with governmental and non-governmental organisations and environmental agencies, consultancies and voluntary organisations.

Programme Structure

Research areas include

  • Community ecology of coral reef systems
  • Tropical seagrass beds
  • Mangroves and fisheries
  • Deep sea/marine connectivity
  • Ocean acidification
  • Macronutrient cycling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree or a Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.
  • You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5630 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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