With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation.
So, we’ve designed you a unique course - with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists - now you can study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree in one of the most beautiful locations in the UK
Why Choose University of Cumbria
Your studies at our Carlise campus will be unrivalled - what better place than surrounded by the unique and ecologically diverse habitats of the Lake District, the Pennines and the Solway Firth as your outdoor classroom?
So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you’ll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every term.
- Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields
- Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems
- Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories
- Flexibility to customise your learning by selecting modules
- Practical, taxonomic and analytical capabilities ready for a future in science
- Exciting, international field trips and placements
- Great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations to enhance your job prospects
- Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will enhance your learning
If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we’ll help you gain the aquatic environmental knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional who can make a difference.
So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.
We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year or with a year-long placement.
Due to the lack of graduates in aquatic sciences, you will be highly desired amongst employers for your specialist skills. There will be plenty of career opportunities across the environmental and conservation industry, including work as an Ecologist, Game Warden, Hydrologist, Pollution Manager, Marine Biologist, Conservation Officer...the list goes on and on!
You might work in a laboratory analysing samples, or out in the field managing habitats. Perhaps a job as a diving instructor or tourist guide would be more your thing. You may even want to take your studies further and work towards becoming an aquatic science researcher. Whatever your career aspirations, your degree will be invaluable to putting you on the right path.
With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there has never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation.
Our foundation year will build a solid base in scientific, intellectual, investigative skills and knowledge, enabling you to progress onto the BSc Marine and Freshwater degree.
Our unique course, created with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists, enables you to study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree.
If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we'll help you gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of ecology and aquatic environments, as well as the skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional aquatic scientist who can make a real difference in wildlife conservation.
So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.
You'll be guided through the wonderful range of marine and freshwater environments to be found on our planet, from upland springs and freshwater lakes, through coastal environments to deep sea trenches.
Year 1 - You'll build a solid base in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, which will be expanded upon during the rest of the course.
Year 2 - You'll study six modules to give you a fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.
Year 3 & 4 - You'll study the processes controlling the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats, their plants and animals. Plus, there are many opportunities to get on-the-job experience in the field, with a UK or international placement or by volunteering with local conservation organisations.
You also get the chance to choose from a range of modules to suit your interests. But, whatever you choose, you will always benefit from laboratory-based teaching to boost your practical and analytical skills, which will enhance your chances of employment.
If you want the expertise to become successful in the conservation world, take advantage of our course and get started on a career in the aquatic sciences now.
- Essential Academic Skills
- Essential Professional Development
- Working with Data
- Applied Practice
- Essential Biology
- Dynamic Earth
- Core Scientific Skills
- Introduction to Conservation Biology
- Biodiversity I
- Biodiversity II
- Aquatic Environments
- Biodiversity Monitoring - Qualificatory Practice Unit
- Biodiversity Monitoring
- Research Methods & Data Analysis
- Freshwater Ecology
- Marine Ecology
- Evolution & Biogeography
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Conservation Genetics
- Geographic Information Systems
- Animal Behaviour
- Marine Biodiversity Assessments Techniques
- Conservation Policy, Practice & Philosophy
- Applied Field Studies - Qualificatory Practice Unit
Students with placements:
- Qualificatory Practice Unit: Academic/Vocational Placement
- Management of Aquatic Resources
- Conservation in Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Fisheries & Aquaculture
- Conservation & Society
- Behavioural Ecology
- Genetic Applications for Conservation
- Applied Field Studies
- Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments
- Wildlife Management
- Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
40 UCAS tariff points.
Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.
You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
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If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
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All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
Resources and facilities
Our Ambleside campus has modern laboratories, fully equipped with analytical instruments, microscopes and other resources for the analysis of environmental samples. You'll find plenty of these in the Cumbrian lakes, streams, rivers and coastal ecosystems where the course field trips will run, providing experiential learning opportunities such as survey skills and working in the landscape.
Our Library facilities host a vast selection of textbooks, journals and online materials for your research, and you will be supported by expert academic staff to help develop your learning every step of the way.