Careers in marine biology

Not all marine biologist work in the field – but some do! Image: MBA.

Marine biology is the study of all aspects of life in the sea and the environment on which it depends. The main aims are to improve our understanding of the marine world and to understand and predict changes in ecosystems affected by human and natural disturbances. [Read more].

This article appeared in the autumn 2014 edition of The Marine Biologist magazine (Greer, P., 2014, A career in marine biology, The Marine Biologist, 3: 29).

Additional Resources:

Society of Underwater Technology’s Oceans of Opportunity:
http://www.sut.org/educational-support-fund/information-for-careers-in-underwater-technology-and-science/

British Ecological Society’s Top Ten Tips for getting a career in ecology:
http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/Top-10-tips-for-getting-a-career-in-ecology.pdf

our own activities and let us know how you use ours.

Many of our Classroom Resources could also be printed and taken to the shore as additional activities.

How To Be a Marine Biologist

Marine Biology is an exciting and diverse discipline and is understandably an extremely popular area to work in. The MBA provides a number of opportunities for those interested in pursuing study or work in marine biology, especially for members of the Association. Every July we run a work experience week for students aged between 14 and 18, which is a fantastic way to get a taste of what it is like to work in marine biology. We also run training courses for a range of ages and ability, and regular survey events which are an opportunity to develop relevant skills and meet professionals in the field.

Joining the MBA as a Member or Young Marine Biologist is a fantastic way to begin your career and develop your knowledge of marine biology. Find out more about YMB here.

Careers in marine biology

Not all marine biologist work in the field – but some do! Image: MBA.

Marine biology is the study of all aspects of life in the sea and the environment on which it depends. The main aims are to improve our understanding of the marine world and to understand and predict changes in ecosystems affected by human and natural disturbances. [Read more].

This article appeared in the autumn 2014 edition of The Marine Biologist magazine (Greer, P., 2014, A career in marine biology, The Marine Biologist, 3: 29).

Additional Resources:

Society of Underwater Technology’s Oceans of Opportunity:
http://www.sut.org/educational-support-fund/information-for-careers-in-underwater-technology-and-science/

British Ecological Society’s Top Ten Tips for getting a career in ecology:
http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/Top-10-tips-for-getting-a-career-in-ecology.pdf

Work Experience at the MBA

The MBA receives many enquiries about work experience and as a result now runs a work experience week every July for school and college students aged between 14 and 18.

2018

Our 2018 work experience week will take place between the 9th and the 13th of July. The deadline for applications is January 8th 2018.  Applicants will be notified within two weeks of this deadline whether or not their application has been successful.

To apply

Please email your application to education@mba.ac.uk.

Your application should consist of a single word document (max 1 page, font size 11) explaining: 

  1. Why you want to take part in work experience at the Marine Biological Association
  2. How you think the placement will benefit you in your future career aspirations
  3. A little bit about yourself, including why you think you would be a good candidate and any relevant achievem

If you are seriously considering a career in marine biology, we now have membership categories for everyone, including a new Young Marine Biologist category. Becoming a member is a fantastic way to learn about marine biology and to find out about opportunities to enhance your career prospects. Visit membership for more information.

You may also be interested in the series of 2018 Marine Science Camps taking place around the UK and led by the Field Studies Council. 

Visit our Facebook Page to find out about the kinds of activities the 2013 Work Experience students got up to!

We offer a number of opportunities to work with us as a volunteer, schools work experience and internships.  

We put details up on our vacancies page.