Tropical Rainforest Science Field Trip (C1141)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module is based at the Santa Lucia Cloud forest Reserve in Ecuador.

We established the field station and laboratory to provide you with the opportunity to gain expertise in tropical plant, invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy.

You’ll be given an introduction to the wildlife and plants of the region the students. You’ll then undertake your own fieldwork project to investigate the unique flora and fauna of this biodiversity hotspot. This means you’ll be contributing to knowledge of these threatened and understudied ecosystems.


50%: Practical (Workshop)
50%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay, Test)
60%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 93 hours of contact time and about 207 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: