Part-time - current


Certificate, Diploma, BSc

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 years.


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.

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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