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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Residential field course designed to provide you with training in ship-based applied marine biology and analysis of collected data. Trips to fish/shellfish farms and to see local seabirds are highlighted extras.

Group based project work provides skills in team working, data analysis and presentation.

Hard work throughout the days is rewarded through the development of deeper understanding and the enjoyment of spending time with peers and staff in a wonderful environment. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Yule

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Ecology
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Includes training in sampling Phytoplankton, Micro and Meso-Zooplankton, Benthos and commercial fish species at sea. Temperature and Conductivity depth profiles will also be taken at sea. Identification to the lowest taxonomic level for each group is also taught along with the analytic methods for assessing population density and an appreciation of internal and external morphology of fish pertaining to commercial fisheries. All work is carried out in teams apart from a specific fisheries project. The course culminates with student teams analysing and presenting elements of the collated data thereby gaining an overview of the sampling results.

Students are required to purchase their evening meals or eat fish with cooking demonstrations provided..

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

Please note that places are limited and, due to health and safety regulations, the School reserves the right to move students onto another field course when capacity is reached. 

Dates are Sun 2nd June - Sun 9th June 2019.


Costs: £200. Deposit (inc): £50.


Deposits are normally non-refundable. The cases where deposits are likely to be refunded are as


1) where there is good cause for student withdrawing from a field course, good cause is

determined by DoT or nominated person;

2) where the withdrawal has not resulted in a gap because a different student has enrolled

to take that place; and,

3) when the student withdraws from the course in good time and before the end of the

first semester.

Full payments are also normally non-refundable. The cases where full refunds may be made are

similar to points 1 and 2 above.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Field Trip Log (50%), practical work including boat work, lab work, bridge end duties and presentation preparation (15%), design project: group (35%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Informal verbal feedback throughout the course.  Individual, written feedback on the field notebook at the end of the course; formative feedback throughout the course; informal verbal feedback during and after presentation, written feedback at the end of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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