Faculty of Science and Technology - Bournemouth University

Bachelor in Marine Ecology and Conservation (Top-up) - Grado en Ecología y Conservación Marina

Faculty of Science and Technology - Bournemouth University
  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
  • Precio:
    UK/EU/Channel Islands: £9,250 per year
    International (non-EU): £13,500 per year
    Unlimited number of Scholarships available for next academic year
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  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2022
  • Lugar:
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Grado se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    BSc (Hons) Marine Ecology and Conservation


This top-up degree will build on Foundation courses in Marine, Freshwater or Coastal Conservation to provide a university experience and opportunity to co-create research with academics in the discipline. It provides new legislative contexts for conservation, as well as further fieldwork opportunities and chances to learn about ecology of charismatic megafauna.

The importance of the conservation and management of marine and coastal environments cannot be ignored, as human intervention and climate change increasingly impact on the decline of fisheries and protected areas. Anyone choosing a career in this discipline will need to be aware of current themes, debates and concerns, and of the contribution of marine ecology to current debates and controversies. You will be introduced to new contexts for understanding conservation in the marine environment, such as UK habitat directives and legislation and policy frameworks.

Although the majority of your teaching will take place at BU’s Talbot Campus, you will undertake fieldwork and spend at least one day a week at Kingston Maurward College, which is a stone´s throw from the beautiful West Dorset Heritage Coast.


This course requires a Foundation Degree with 60% or above in a required subject or HND with Merit or above in a required subject.

GCSEs: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.


On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant business expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry including many of our alumni.


Marine Conservation - This unit aims to enable you to critically evaluate approaches to the conservation and management of marine biodiversity including fisheries and protected areas. You will also examine legal processes and mechanisms that are applied to the conservation of marine and coastal environments.

Independent Research Project - Your project provides you with an opportunity to gain experience of research in a topic of your choice relevant to your degree and to demonstrate your ability to report that research. Such experience is considered essential for those students interested in pursuing academic and/or professional research at a higher level of responsibility and achievement.

Marine Mammal Ecology and Behaviour - This unit, taught at Kingston Maurward College, develops a key understanding of Marine Mammals and their interactions with their environment and other marine organisms. You will take an applied approach to aspects of behavioural ecology, aspects of animal behaviour such communication and conservation ecology in relation to Marine Mammals. You may also get the opportunity to observe boat surveys and observe marine mammals in-situ as part of the module.

Marine Field Study Techniques - You will carry out extensive field work studies of marine physical and coastal geomorphological environments, from your base at Kingston Maurward College. You will use range of equipment, enabling you to critically analyse data using geodatabases and create maps using GIS software. You will also create a detailed field book and write up a case study on an aspect of marine studies.

Option units: choose 1

Environmental Law and Management - You will need a critical understanding of the body of law that is concerned with threats to environmental quality and ecosystems. Together, we will examine how environmental law seeks to regulate damage to the environment, focusing on particular areas such as climate change, air pollution control, conservation of natural environment, water, waste and environmental management systems. The focus is primarily on the system of environmental laws and regulations in the UK, but will also consider how this has been impacted by European and international environmental law. The broader themes and ideas underpinning the unit will be explored by reference to examples taken from both the UK and other jurisdictions.

Freshwater Resource Management - Providing you with a framework to actively make managerial decisions, this unit enables problems to be identified, analysed and solutions to be proposed including the promotion of sustainable communities and public participation in the planning process and environmental assessment. You will cover a range of aspects of freshwater resource management including sustainable development, conservation and key issues from a planning policy and decision making perspective.

Biological Oceanography - This unit examines the fascinating range of organisms that make up the plankton. Planktonic organisms are critical components of aquatic food webs and by studying this unit students will gain an understanding of the spatial and temporal variability of planktonic organisms and how different aquatic ecosystems function across the seas and oceans of the world. The unit includes field sampling and lab analysis and also covers the applied and topical areas of plankton studies, such as the growth of harmful algal blooms and the predicted effects of ocean warming and ocean acidification on plankton production. The overall aim of the unit is to equip students with an in-depth understanding of how the base layer of aquatic ecosystems works and how it might be affected by environmental change.

Salidas profesionales

Suitably qualified graduates may find opportunities with national wildlife trusts, the Environment Agency, enforcement work with Government Agencies or go on to further research.

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