University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Marine and Freshwater Conservation

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Course summary

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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 - so you can study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree. Why Choose University of Cumbria Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - we're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 and carve your future career by selecting modules
  • Hone practical, taxonomic and analytical skills to the high-level that future employers will demand
  • Exciting, international field trips and placements for hands-on experience
  • Enhance your job prospects thanks to our great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations, such as the Freshwater Biological Society
  • Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will keep your learning up-to-date
  • Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and give you close support during your studies
  • Use of modern learning spaces, lecture theatres and a well-stocked library with Geography resources and journals
  • Access to excellent on-campus facilities, including a climbing wall
You will live and learn close to the shores of Windermere, on our friendly Ambleside campus in the stunning Lake District, where you will be surrounded by a picturesque patchwork of more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes, an abundance of rivers - all home to unique habitats and wildlife. If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we’ll help you gain the aquatic environment knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional aquatic scientist who can make a difference. So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Core Scientific Skills, Introduction to Conservation Biology, Biodiversity I, Biodiversity II, Ecology, Aquatic Environments. Years two - Compulsory modules: Biodiversity Monitoring, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, Evolution and Biogeography. Option modules (subject to availability and demand) - Conservation Genetics, Geographic Information Systems, Animal Behaviour, Marine Biodiversity Assessments Techniques, Conservation Policy, Practice and Philosophy. Year three - Compulsory modules: Dissertation, Management of Aquatic Resources, Conservation in Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Fisheries and Aquaculture, Conservation and Society, Creating Sustainable Environments, Behavioural Ecology, Genetic Applications for Conservation, Applied Field Studies, Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments, Wildlife Management, Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing.

Assessment method

The overarching consideration is to provide assessments which are seen as “for and as learning” rather than simply testing ability and knowledge. The main drivers of this strategy are to:  Provide innovative, challenging and stimulating assessment which will enable you to develop the knowledge and professional skills required for employment  Be student-centered, flexible and modern Be fully supported by, and integrated with, technological approaches such as the Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE) and electronic portfolio  Impart academic rigour to the teaching and learning processes  Support the development of your independence, autonomy and critical self-reflection  Support different learners’ needs at different stages of development Within a balanced scheme, summative assessment methods may include:  Unseen examinations  Open-book examinations and practical tests  Laboratory reports  Computer-based assessments  Problem solving  Reports on fieldwork and surveys  Critical analysis of case studies  Oral, audio-visual and poster presentations  Dissertations  Research planning  Production of a scientific paper  Peer and self-

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD447
Institution code C99
Campus nameAmbleside
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points A-Level in Biology or Applied Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification) is required.
A level CCC - BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 30 credits Must be science based and need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher BBCC - ABBB

GCSE (or equivalent) in English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above is also required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Marine and Freshwater Conservation at University of Cumbria - UCAS