This six-year programme – for people able to study
alongside full-time students in daytime classes but over a longer
period – provides the opportunity to investigate the way that
organisms interact with their environment, from the individual to
the population level, encompassing theoretical and applied aspects
of ecology and conservation biology.
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 study ecological processes in the field,
putting ecology and conservation theory into practice. Topics
covered in the first two years are broad. Your studies become more
specialised in the latter years of the programme, to allow you to
hone your interests as you progress.
We aim to be the place to study field-based science in
the UK. Our degree programmes are based on a practical approach
with a strong emphasis on field-based science. This is greatly
assisted by our optimum location and easy access to a variety of
marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The Centre for Environmental and
Marine Sciences is a short walk from the shore of the Yorkshire
coast and not far from the North York Moors. 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 (please see the
Centre for Environmental Studies
website for details), and prospective students are also welcome
to visit us by appointment (contact details above).
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, in the Worsley
Building of the Scarborough Campus of the University.
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.
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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