Coastal Biology and Ecology Field Course (C7160)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The marine environment includes some of the most diverse and biodiverse habitats on the planet. Many of these marine environments, such as rocky shores, are highly dynamic, presenting particular challenges and selection pressures for the organisms inhabiting them.

This module will introduce you to some of the basic fieldwork skills of marine biology, and develop your general skills in experimental biology and field research: experimental design, data sampling, organism identification, data analysis and report writing. The module involves a residential marine biology field course and subsequent independent marine biology fieldwork exercises for you to learn and develop these skills.


6%: Lecture
94%: Practical (Fieldwork)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 47 hours of contact time and about 103 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 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: