The Marine Biological Association

Promoting marine scientific excellence and representing the marine biological community since 1884

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Becoming a member of the MBA allows you to be part of a marine biological community dedicated to the aims of the Association. There are a number of membership categories available and becoming a member gives you access to a wide range of  exclusive benefits.


  • Professional: a member with at least a degree level qualification in an appropriate discipline or equivalent professional standing and granted use of the post-nominal Mem.MBA
  • Associate: any member with an interest in marine biology or the marine environment but who is not necessarily a professional Marine Biologist. They receive the same benefits as a Professional Member other than the use of the post-nominal.
  • MBA Fellow: senior practitioners in marine biology as recognised by the Association. Further details and how to apply can be found here.
  • Student Member: those in higher education (full or part-time) studying for a degree level qualification or higher (e.g. BSc, MRes, PhD).
  • Young Marine Biologist: For younger individuals such as those studying in school or college (e.g. Primary or Secondary Schools, GCSEs and AS-Levels).
  • Institutional Member: organisations interested in or associated with marine biology (formerly known as ‘Corporate Membership’).

Selection of Member Benefits

  • The MBA welcomes new members from all backgrounds from those employed in marine biological research to marine enthusiasts
  • Be part of a world-wide network of marine biologists
  • Access to the National Marine Biological Library (
  • Membership gives exclusive access to grants and bursaries
  • Keep up-to-date with research through news alerts on meetings and scientific talks
  • Enjoy discounts on books from leading publishers
  • Enjoy discounts for training courses and conferences
  • 10% discount with Trespass



Joining the Association

If you are interested in joining the MBA, simply fill in the online form or contact the Membership Secretary Alexandra Street at:

Membership Secretary 

The Marine Biological Association
Citadel Hill, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PB, UK

telephone 01752 426347