University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

An abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep will inspire your marine conservation degree studies and prepare you to make a difference to the environmental conservation of our planet. 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 marine biology and aquatic conservation. Our foundation year will build a solid base in scientific, intellectual, investigative skills and knowledge. Course Overview You’ll receive a thorough introduction to a range of marine and freshwater environments from upland springs to coastal zones. Once you’ve mastered the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation we’ll move on to the processes affecting the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats. You’ll also be able to choose from a number of modules to suit your interests so you can tailor your own degree, backed up by laboratory and field-based teaching from research-active tutors to boost your practical and analytical skills. If you choose the ‘with placement’ version of the degree you will also complete a year away from campus, undertaking a UK or international placement; some of our former students have chosen to study in countries including Cambodia, Canada, Mexico and Montenegro. We also offer our students and abundance of conservation volunteering opportunities as well as field trips across the UK and overseas. On this course you will...

  • Benefit from the only UK conservation degrees taught inside a national park. This provides you with easy access to charismatic wildlife and diverse and distinctive habitats and ecosystems.
  • Be taught by experts in aquatic conservation, each with a wealth of experience in the conservation of marine and freshwater species and their habitats.
  • Enjoy small class sizes which allows us to provide a personal approach to teaching and student support.
  • Be actively involved in the reintroduction of endangered wildlife species in Cumbria. So you can gain hands-on experience in species reintroduction as part of your degree.
  • Study in a vibrant community within the landscape of the English Lake District. This provides amazing recreational opportunities and you will live and breathe conservation.
What you will learn 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. 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 One
  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Essential Biology
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Dynamic Earth
Year Two
  • Conservation Skills & Practice
  • Introduction to Conservation Biology
  • Biodiversity 1
  • Biodiversity 2
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Aquatic Environments
Year Three
  • Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Evolution and Biogeography
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Marine Ecology
  • Conservation Genetics (Optional)
  • Geographic Information Systems (Optional)
  • Valuing the Environment (Optional)
Year Four
  • Dissertation
  • Management of Aquatic Resources
  • Applied Field Studies
  • Conservation in Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing (Optional)
  • Conservation Strategies (Optional)
  • Wildlife Management (Optional)

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4. 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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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 £13575 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS