Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course (C7142)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You'll 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 simple 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. 

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 100 hours of contact time and about 50 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: