Masters Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course (827C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

For this module, you visit an ecological site in the Mediterranean and carry out field work.

The Mediterranean phylogeographic region includes a diversity of habitats that contrast markedly with those found in the UK, and contain very different flora and fauna.

Experience of a variety of environments is essential for a good understanding of the ecology of biodiversity and the selection forces driving its evolution.

Experience of carrying out research in novel environments is also an essential part of learning to be a field biologist or ecologist.

On completion of this module, you should be able to design and carry out ecological or behavioural field research projects, using the flora or fauna of a Mediterranean field site as your study system.

You'll develop research proposals, conduct field work, analyse your data, and present your findings both in written form and in the form of a research seminar.


13%: Lecture
87%: Practical (Fieldwork, Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Media production, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 110 hours of contact time and about 40 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.