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Topics in Marine Biology 

The course ‘Topics in Marine Biology’ is a follow-up to ‘Introduction to Marine Biology’, and covers concepts of marine biology and the Mediterranean marine environment at a higher level. It is ideal for persons who followed the introductory course and wish to delve deeper into various aspects of marine biology and its applications. It also includes two practical sessions, one of which will be made offshore using a vessel to provide participants with first-hand experience in the use of water samplers, plankton nets and benthic sampling gear for marine biological studies. 

Topics covered in the course include: 
  • Physical and biological aspects of the marine environment 
  • Changing patterns of species in the Mediterranean
  • Marine vegetation 
  • Fisheries biology 
  • Aquaculture
  • Human influence on the marine environment 
  • Topics in marine conservation biology



The course is held at the Department of Biology during the second semester of every academic year (March - May), provided there are sufficient applicants, and is open to both students registered at the University of Malta and the general public. Applicants are expected to have successfully completed the course ‘An introduction to marine biology’ or hold a certificate in intermediate biology or equivalent.

Lectures will be held once a week during the evening (18:00 - 20:00), while the two practical sessions will be held on Saturdays (09:00 - 13:00).

For further information please contact: Mr James Fenech, Department of Biology, University of Malta, on telephone number: 23402272. Email:

Last Updated: 22 March 2018

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