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Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with integrated foundation year) BSc (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Carlisle - Fusehill Street

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there has never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation.Our foundation year will build a solid base in scientific, intellectual, investigative skills and knowledge, enabling you to progress onto the BSc Marine and Freshwater degree.Our unique course, created with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists, enables you to study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - we're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site.So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you'll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every semester.- Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields- Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems- Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories- Flexibility to customise your learning by selecting modules- Practical, taxonomic and analytical capabilities ready for a future in science- Exciting, international field trips and placements- Great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations to enhance your job prospects- Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will enhance your learning and keep you up to date- Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and offer individual support during your studies- Use of modern learning spaces, lecture theatres and a well-stocked library with many marine and freshwater resources and journals- Access to excellent on-campus facilities, including a climbing wall and gym at the Ambleside CampusIf you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we'll help you gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of ecology and aquatic environments, as well as the skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional aquatic scientist who can make a real difference in wildlife conservation.So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.You'll be guided through the wonderful range of marine and freshwater environments to be found on our planet, from upland springs and freshwater lakes, through coastal environments to deep sea trenches.**Year 1** - You'll build a solid base in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, which will be expanded upon during the rest of the course.**Year 2** - You'll study six modules to give you a fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.**Year 3 & 4** - You'll study the processes controlling the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats, their plants and animals. Plus, there are many opportunities to get on-the-job experience in the field, with a UK or international placement or by volunteering with local conservation organisations.You also get the chance to choose from a range of modules to suit your interests. But, whatever you choose, you will always benefit from laboratory-based teaching to boost your practical and analytical skills, which will enhance your chances of employment.If you want the expertise to become successful in the conservation world, take advantage of our course and get started on a career in the aquatic sciences now.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 7,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

A number of scholarships for undergraduates to the value of 50% of tuition costs for the first year, including the International Scholarship Programme.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 20 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 155
    115 77%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.33 87%



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