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Studying Ocean Sciences

Ocean Sciences is the study of the
marine environment. It ranges from more physical sciences like geological
oceanography to the more biological side which can include things like zoology. In
the first year we all study together to get everyone up to speed and then in the
second year you diverge into your separate groups to study more particular
to your degree title and then in third year even more. What I love about studying Ocean
Sciences is there’s a really diverse habitat on our doorstep. In
Bangor we have something called the Menai Strait which is a strip of ocean
between Bangor and the Isle of Anglesey. I was really surprised by how much was
in there but not only do we get to study that habitat but I’ve also been learning
about Antarctica and tropical coral reefs which are really cool In Bangor we’ve got a wide range of
facilities from the largest seagoing vessel the Prince Madog, which all Ocean Sciences students will get to go on at least once. I’ve been on to collect
both physical and biological data in the past. We’ve also got a few aquaria and
algae labs and on the physical side we’ve got tidal flow labs which are
really cool to look at as well It’s really cool being taught by lecturers
who are doing active research because they get to tell you in detail about
current and relevant research projects which they’ve been working on. No one’s
going to be able to give you that level of detail like someone who actually
wrote the paper itself. Bangor University campus is really small which results in
a really close community feel. You can’t leave the house without seeing someone
you know and I know when I came to University it was really reassuring to
be around so many people that I know All students at Bangor University get
the opportunity to study abroad through the University and gain international
experience, but Marine Biology students also get the opportunity to study at
Virginia Marine Institute. Studying the organisms out there gets to broaden the
understanding from those organisms found native to North Wales to an
international level There’s loads of opportunities for Ocean
Sciences students after they graduate, whether they’re working in habitat
modelling, fisheries management or planning permission for coastal and marine
structures. I personally after I graduate would like
to study a PhD. Through Bangor University’s internship scheme I did an
internship last summer and did some research that’s hopefully going to get
published. This really inspired me and motivated me to carry on working in
research. My advice for students wanting to study
Ocean Science at Bangor University is to bring some water proofs and some walking
boots we do a lot of fieldwork around the mountains and the coast of North
Wales and Anglesey. These places are really fun to explore on your own time
as well.

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