Marine & Freshwater Biology

Explore the aquatic environment, its importance in understanding climate change, and how to monitor and protect marine and freshwater species in a sustainable manner.

Scotland is home to some fascinating aquatic environments and you’ll get to experience these during practical fieldwork, both locally and further afield, including a residential field course to the Isle of Cumbrae.

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4 Years
1st & 2nd Years @ GISM
3rd & 4th Years @ Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

Students who complete GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma in Marine Biology may enter third year of the Edinburgh Napier University, UK. GISM does not conduct the full Degree course but, on successful completion of this pathway programme for this major, students can apply for transferring to this University. However, some papers offered at GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma in Marine Biology may be changed in time in order to match with those at Edinburgh Napier University. If the student needs to enter this University directly, GISM International section provides support and necessary guidance for the application and visa procedure.

GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma courses are studied full-time over a period of two years and it is provided with a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, assignments, field studies and independent study.

Diploma in Marine & Fresh Water Biology: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits, and

Higher Diploma in Marine & Fresh Water Biology: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits.

Entry requirements to Diploma in Marine & Fresh Water Biology:

Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination or London (A/L) Examination, including Biology and Chemistry.


Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination (Old Syllabus) including a Biology and Chemistry.


GISM Foundation Programme (Successfully completed with B average)


Selection by an interview.

Entry requirements to Higher Diploma in Marine Biology:

Those who have obtained the required credits at the Diploma in Biological Sciences at GISM Campus are entitled to follow the Higher Diploma in Microbiology/Biotechnology Programme.

Title of the Degree Pathway

Diploma and Higher Diploma in Marine & Freshwater Biology

Awarding Body

GISM, Sri Lanka

Course Modules 

First Year Diploma

  • Life on Earth
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Molecules and Cells
  • Practical Modules

One optional module from:

  • Plant Science
  • Concepts in Forensic Biology

Second Year Higher Diploma

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology and the Environment
  • Microbes and Man
  • Practical Module

One optional module from:

  • Biology of Disease
  • Animal Behavior
  • Clinical Care of Exotic Species
  • Valuing the Earth

Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, U.K.:

 Those who successfully complete the Diploma and Higher Diploma programmes may continue Studies at Edinburgh Napier University in the U.K. to enter Third year of the Degree Programme.

Details of the full programme is available at:

Career Opportunities:

Edinburgh Napier University, UK is one of the top universities in Scotland for graduate employability, with over 93% of our graduates in jobs or further study six months after graduating.

The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas. You’ll be qualified for work in industrial research and development, production, quality control, sales and marketing and consultancy.

The emphasis on research in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study within the school and a further academic career.

IELTS requirements:

IELTS results of 6.0 is required (not less than 5.5 in each band) when transferring to the 3rd Year of the degree. IELTS support programmes and Overseas University Orientation programme are conducted at GISM Campus. GISM supports for applying visa and this service is free of charge.