Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course (C7142)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Experience of a variety of environments is essential for a good understanding of ecology, biodiversity and the selective forces driving evolution. Carrying out research in novel environments is also an essential part of learning to be a researcher, as well as being one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways of learning about ecology.

The Mediterranean phylogeographic region contains interesting flora and fauna, giving you an opportunity to work on a mini-research project studying an aspect of animal behaviour or ecology. You will develop research plans, conduct field work, analyse data and present your findings in a written report and research seminar.


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


30%: Coursework (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 90 hours of contact time and about 60 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: