Department of Biosciences

Cruising into a New Era of Marine Biology

Blyth 1From estuaries to the sea shelf, the spectacular coastline of Wales is buzzing with diverse habitats and wildlife, and provides tremendous potential for developing a low carbon, sustainable economy to ensure the well-being of future generations in Wales. 

Swansea University has long been a leader in training Marine Biologists, conducting high impact research, and assisting the conservation and sustainable development of the marine and coastal resources in Wales. Now we are ready to make new waves again! 

Blyth 2Swansea University has invested £1.3m in the construction of a purpose-built 18 m catamaran-class survey vessel. The new vessel can accommodate 26 passengers and have a top speed of 23 kts with cruising at about 16kts, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment. 

From surveying the coastline to mapping critical habitats, studying water quality, observing marine wildlife and deploying marine equipment, the new vessel will support the best teaching, research and business assistance Swansea University has to offer. The new vessel is scheduled to launch in Dec 2017.

Research as Art 2016

Congratulations to Gaelle Fehlmann, PhD student and winner of the "Connection with the natural world" Award with 'From anonymity to personality'.

Dr Ruth Callaway's 'Mondrian meets marine biodiversity' was among nine runner-up entries.

Welsh-medium provision for students

Our courses in Biology, Zoology and Marine Biology will prepare students for a rewarding career in a wide range of areas, including fields such as environmental and conservation biology, health protection and veterinary health,  wildlife trusts, habitat management, fisheries and aquaculture as well as preparing you for further academic study. All three degree schemes are eligible for the Ysgoloriaeth Cymhelliant, as we offer 40 credits through Welsh at all levels. The ability to communicate scientific topics in the biological sciences through Welsh is a key skill required by increasing numbers of employers, and Swansea University is perfectly situated to take advantage of this. The range of subjects taught in Welsh include core topics such as Animal Diversity and Physiology, Ecology and Behaviour and Vertebrate biology. Modules such as these are central to understanding the natural world; being taught via the medium of Welsh will enhance your degree and career prospects in the natural sciences.