Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)

Cambridge

September 2017

Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE

Overview

If you’re passionate about protecting our planet, our Royal Society of Biology-recognised course will give you the skills to make a difference. Explore diverse ecosystems in our labs and on international field trips, while studying in a world-renowned centre for wildlife conservation. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.

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For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

Full description

Careers

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Helping to protect our planet’s habitats and wildlife is fascinating and rewarding work. When you graduate, you’ll have built a deep understanding of issues relating to marine biology, backed up by your own practical experiences on a variety of field trips.

You’ll have the specialist skills you need to work in your chosen area of marine biology, ecology or conservation. You could apply for work in the UK or internationally, for employers such as governments, environment agencies, education institutions and research establishments.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation and MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Biomeasurement
    This module introduces the use of statistics and computing software in the biosciences. Although we focus on biological applications, the quantitative and IT skills you will gain will be of benefit in a number of graduate employment roles. You will be shown how to use information in the form of data to answer questions about biological systems, and learn a range of visual data presentation and statistical techniques. We will also show you how to choose the most appropriate technique for a range of data types and circumstances, perform and interpret numerical and graphical analyses correctly, and communicate the results clearly and transparently.
  • British Wildlife and Conservation
    The ways in which animals cope with the demands of everyday life, from feeding, moving and respiring to sensing the outside world and each other are as diverse as the animals themselves. In this module we'll examine the variety of ways in which an animal's form and physiology are adaptations to the many tasks it faces to survive.
  • Ecology
    You’ll be provided with a broad introduction to animal and plant ecology and facilitate the study of ecological modules at higher levels. You’ll be introduced to ecological terminology, the scope of ecology and the potential role of ecological science in providing guidance on the sustainable use of the biosphere.
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
    In this module you’ll review the philosophy and multidisciplinary origins of the scientific study of behaviour. You’ll also consider the ethically sound use of the scientific study of animal behaviour in pure and applied disciplines, especially in the context of the assessment of animal welfare. Through this module you'll gain foundation knowledge in the scientific study of animal behaviour, its potential applications, and the principles of sound experimental design. Such skills will be developed in subsequent modules and will prove useful in a wide range of scientific and animal management careers.
  • Animal Form and Function
    The ways in which animals cope with the demands of everyday life, from feeding, moving and respiring to sensing the outside world and each other are as diverse as the animals themselves. This module will examine the variety of ways in which an animal's form and physiology are adaptations to the many tasks it faces to survive.
  • Introduction to Marine Biology
    This module introduces you to the range of marine environments and marine life within the biosphere - and the factors which generate this variety. It provides the basis for studying other 'marine' modules at Levels 2 and 3. You'll cover aspects of the biology, ecology and environmental physiology of selected marine organisms around the UK shores and beyond. A range of marine habitats will be illustrated through the use of video (Blue Planet) while marine biodiversity will be covered 'practically' by a visit to a marine aquarium. The module will also involve a full day (weekend) field trip to a coast in East Anglia to study plant and animal life at the interface of land and sea. This field trip will require a certain amount of walking over rough terrain.

Year two, core modules

  • BioGIS
    In this module you'll learn to use a widely available commercial desktop GIS software package. We'll also explore the range of data input and sources used by GIS so you can create and manage spatial data for a broad range of applications. We'll explore primary data sources for GIS, including: aerial photographs and satellite imagery, GPS surveying and field data collection, metadata and the creation of maps.
  • Biological Oceanography
    In this module we'll study oceanic ecosystems, focussing on factors which determine the distribution of organisms and productivity of the seas. We'll also explore the less familiar realms of the ocean; the pelagic zone, the deep sea and the polar zones.
  • Communities and Ecosystems
    In this module you'll explore the relationships between community ecology and ecosystem functioning in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
  • Practical Biology
    Because we know that knowledge and experience of relevant practical skills are what potential employers look for, we focus highly on practical skills as part of your training in biology. You’ll gain practical field and laboratory skills through a range of Animal and Environmental Biology themes. Please note, this module includes optional field trips. The estimated cost of this is as follows: Sharm el Sheikh, £820, one week learn to dive PADI course leading to open water or AOW qualification; Sharm el Sheikh, £70, lunch and evening meal and snacks for seven days; Coral reef surveying, £800, all inclusive one week diving field work; Dive kit hire one week, £140, upper limit price for full kit hire for one week; Coral reef surveying, £1,200, all inclusive two week diving field work; Dive kit hire two weeks, £280, upper limit price for full kit hire for two weeks; Netherlands zoo trip, approximately £350 for four days visiting four zoos.
  • Principles of Genetics and Evolution
    Genetics unifies the biological sciences. Through an integration of concepts at the population, organismal, cellular and DNA levels, you’ll develop an understanding of the core principles of genetics and their applications and an understanding of the relationship between genetic variation and evolution. You’ll study the structure and nature of genes and genomes and then consider the rules of inheritance from an individual basis and how do they translate into the organisation of the gene-pool of a population and species. You’ll also be introduced to some of the genetic techniques used to answer behavioural, ecological and evolutionary questions. Your understanding of genetic processes will be developed through a variety of problems, case studies and laboratory sessions.

Year two, optional modules

  • Evolution of Behaviour
    You’ll receive a detailed overview of the study of animal behaviour. The application of hypothesis testing to questions about behaviour is reviewed and used as a basis for illustrating recent advances in the scientific understanding of animal behaviour.
  • Invertebrate Biology
    Invertebrates account for over 99 % of all animal species. It is estimated that the total number of animal species on Earth may exceed 30 million although only around 1 million have been named. we'll introduce you to the diverse world of invertebrates and focus on aspects of their biology, ecology and behaviour.
  • Parasitology
    Parasitism is the most prevalent lifestyle among organisms. It's estimated that at least every plant and animal possesses at least one parasite. You'll explore the unique relationship between a parasite and its host from a number of perspectives.
  • Vertebrate Biology
    Vertebrates account for fewer than 1% of known species of animal life. Yet vertebrates (including humans) are some of the most successful and widely adapted animals on Earth. Vertebrates inhabit almost all corners of our planet, except the deepest parts of the oceans, close to the poles and on top of the highest mountain peaks. Vertebrate species may be terrestrial, arboreal or marine; they burrow, swim, run, climb, fly or glide. They include the so called "charismatic megafauna" such as tigers, eagles, elephants and pandas, as well as top predators such as sharks and crocodiles. You’ll study how these animals came to occupy their current dominant position among animal life on Earth.

Year three, core modules

  • Countryside Management
    You’ll gain knowledge and skills appropriate for working in practical ecology or conservation in the UK countryside or for continuing to a higher degree in this area. You’ll cover aspects of the following areas: woodlands and forestry in the countryside, agriculture in the countryside, urbanisation of the countryside, management of rivers and wetlands, legislation relevant to managing the countryside, habitat restoration, national parks and upland management.
  • Biogeography
    Biogeography describes the spatial distribution of living things and how these have been affected by global change. In this module we'll investigate climatology, geology, geography and computer applications, rooted in biology, particularly ecology, systematics and evolutionary biology.
  • Practical Marine Biology
    Ahead of your residential field course at a UK marine biology field station, you’ll take advantage of lectures and practical workshops to equip you with the skills necessary to make the most of your practical experience. Please note, this module includes a compulsory field trip for BSC Marine Biology. The cost of this is zero. For BSC Zoology students, the field trip is optional and costs approximately £400, plus £50 for travel.
  • Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
    You'll focus on the first principles of population ecology, and the ways this body of theory is applied practically in wildlife management. An important focus is the demography and dynamics of natural populations of both plants and animals.
  • Undergraduate Project
    You’ll create in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic of your choice in life science. You could chose your topic from a variety of sources including research groups, previous/current work experience, your current employer, a suggestion from your tutor or a topic you’re specifically interested in. You’ll identify problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, process data, critically appraise and present your finding using a variety of media. Regular meetings with your project supervisor will ensure your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.
  • Wildlife Conservation
    This module provides an introduction to wildlife taxonomy, conservation, distribution and ecology, with a focus on vertebrates found in Britain. For each major taxonomic group (birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles) and for selected individual species, key conservation and management issues are addressed. You'll also consider historical changes in the distribution and abundance of wildlife, and learn to assess the problems and challenges posed by both re-introductions and by the release/introduction of non-native species. By taking this module you'll acquire basic skills and knowledge relevant to a range of careers in ecology, conservation and wildlife biology.

Year three, optional modules

  • Behavioural Ecology
    Behavioural Ecology has been an established discipline within the natural sciences since at least the late 1970s. It brings together the theoretical understanding of evolution and ecology with the observational practices of early ethologists. In this module we'll explore this across four major themes: communication; finding resources and avoiding being eaten; living with others of the same species and producing the next generation.
  • Mammalogy
    Although relatively few in number, the 4,600 or so known species of extant mammal are of considerable economic and cultural importance. As a vertebrate Class, the mammals are important to us as a food source (most domesticated animals are mammals), as companion animal, in medical and other scientific research, for transport and as pests and vectors of disease. You'll study the biology of the mammals and considers mammalian taxonomy, morphology, physiology, ecology, distribution, evolution and behaviour.
  • Tropical Ecology and Management
    Take part in a field course in tropical ecology, biodiversity and conservation and discover the complex habitats and ecosystems within the tropics, with particular reference to South/East Africa. Your field course activities will be a mix of group project work on a specific aspect of tropical ecology and visits to a range of locations to observe and record and interpret various aspects of tropical fauna, flora and habitats. Through your experience of the country where the field course takes place, you’ll discover a range of anthropogenic influences and pressures on tropical habitats, such as effects of population growth, tourism and economic development, and how these relate to conservation. Please note, there is a compulsory two week field trip to Uganda with this module. The estimated cost of this is £1,600, all inclusive.

Assessment

We’ll assess you regularly so that you can check your progress. We’ll use a range of methods, including exams, essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, reviews of scientific papers and laboratory skills tests.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
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Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Additional study information

Placements

This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£9,000

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,500

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£12,200

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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Additional costs

Lab coat - £15
Walking boots - £60
Waterproof coat - £50
Wellingtons - £25
Waterproof trousers - £20
Poster printing - £20
Isle of Rum field trip (optional) - £250
Cost of printing dissertation/individual project

Additional module costs

Please check individual modules for additional field trip costs

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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BTEC modules

We require a final grade of DMM in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management / Distinction in the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

We require the following two compulsory units to be completed and at least six of the recommended units.

Compulsory/recommended Unit
Compulsory Unit 02: Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
Compulsory Unit 03: Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Recommended Unit 01: Understand and Promote Animal Health
Recommended Unit 07: Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
Recommended Unit 10: Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition
Recommended Unit 11: Understand the Principles of Animal Nursing
Recommended Unit 13: Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication
Recommended Unit 16: Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Recommended Unit 19: Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
Recommended Unit 20: Understand and Undertake Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
Recommended Unit 26: Fundamentals of Science
Recommended Unit 28: Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation
Recommended Unit 30: Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science
Recommended Unit 32: Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics
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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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