Coastal Ecology Field Course (C7160)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The coastal environment includes some of the most diverse and biodiverse habitats on the planet. Many of these coastal environments 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 coastal biology. Develop skills in field research, including:

  • experimental design
  • data sampling
  • organism identification
  • data analysis
  • report writing.

Take part in a residential coastal biology field course and independent fieldwork exercises to learn and develop these skills.


2%: Lecture
98%: Practical (Fieldwork)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 46 hours of contact time and about 104 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: