Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with Sandwich Year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS

University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with Sandwich Year)

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 'sandwich-route' mode of study gives the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus. Course Overview On this degree course, 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...

  • Have the opportunity to conduct a 7-month placement with a conservation organisation or research group in the UK or abroad.
  • 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
  • Conservation Skills & Practice
  • Introduction to Conservation Biology
  • Biodiversity 1
  • Biodiversity 2
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Aquatic Environments
Year Two
  • 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 Three
  • Conservation Placement
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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £1650. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with Sandwich Year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS