The Marine Biological Association

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

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Student Membership


Membership is available to all students* registered in full time University education, including PhD studies.

*Young people below the age of 18 wishing to join the Association should apply for Young Marine Biologist Membership.


Student Membership £25.00 with add-on option for Journal subscription.


  • Welcome pack for members
  • Significant membership discounts for training courses and conferences
  • Twice-yearly copy of The Marine Biologist magazine.
  • MBA Annual Report
  • Access to the National Marine Biological Library (
  • 20% discounts with major publishers including Cambridge University Press, Wild Nature Press and the Eurospan Group.
  • Significantly reduced subscription to the MBA Journal which also includes free access to the Marine Biodiversity Records
  • Online access to the entire archive (1887 – 1999) for journal subscribers
  • Reduced fees for courses at the MBA and for conferences (where the MBA is organiser or sponsor). View details
  • Can apply for bursaries
  • Hire the MBA’s Resource Centre at reduced rates
  • Regular MBA publications including MBA Annual Report
  • Networking opportunities via attendance at the AGM and science meetings
  • Career development opportunities including information on marine biology related jobs
  • Regular email notifications of courses, events and job vacancies
  • Opportunity to attend and contribute to seminars
  • Opportunity to influence the activities and policy of the Association through attendance at AGMs
  • Opportunity to influence Marine Policy at the UK level and beyond

How to join

Simply fill in the online form or download a printable form.

For more details please contact

Alexandra Street
Membership Secretary

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

or E-mail:

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