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
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
The Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of
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
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