Part-time - current

Coastal Marine Biology

Certificate, Diploma, BSc

This six-year programme – for people able to study alongside full-time students in daytime classes but over a longer period – features an emphasis on practical skills in three main strands: the biology and ecology of coasts and seas, the physical nature of the marine environment and coastal management issues.

Most participants continue to the full degree, but you may, if you wish, stop at either the certificate or the diploma level.

From the start you will go into the field to experience a range of habitats and techniques, for the programme is firmly centred on field-based science.

We aim to be the place to study field-based science in the UK. Our distinctively practical approach and our small, friendly centre provides an ideal learning environment, along with opportunities for overseas field trips and subsidised dive training from our in-house instructors.

We hold regular open days during the year and prospective students are also welcome to visit us by appointment.

The Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences offers part-time postgraduate research opportunities as well as the undergraduate courses outlined in this prospectus.


Each stage – certificate, diploma and degree – requires two years.


The Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of Hull campus.


Each year starts in late September.

Teaching and learning

Modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes, field work, group work and tutorials. Students in employment should note that extended field trips make up part of the degree requirement.


Most modules are assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework (e.g. essays, posters, multiple-choice tests, presentations and projects). This blend of assessment methods is designed to give all students the opportunity to shine.


Up-to-date information about fees can be found on the student finance website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have 220–280 points at Level 3, including an appropriate science-based qualification. Applicants with other (including international) qualifications should discuss their individual circumstances with the Admissions Tutor

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