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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

  • Residential field courses designed to provide you with training in field identification and sampling techniques.
  •  Choice from four locations each with different themes: Shetland Islands (Fish and Shellfish Biology), Cromarty and the Ythan Estuary (Costal Biodiversity), Malham Tarn Field Centre (Freshwater and Terrestrrial Biodiversity) and Kindrogen Field Centre (Parasitology).
  •  Group based project work provides skills in team working, data collection, analysis and presentation.
  •  Hard work throughout the days is rewarded through the development of deep understanding and the enjoyment of spending time with peers and staff. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Baird

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Biology-Environmental Humanities (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI29Z1 Zoology Field Course (Studied)
  • BI29Z2 Zoology Field Course (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Four separate courses make up the overall course and students choose one of these. All of them offer training and experience in relevant field skills, appropriate to the environment in which each course operates. Two are essentially marine, one covers terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and one concentrates on the parasites which are associated with vertebrate animals. All include training in the identification of animals and the methods needed to assess their population densities. All also include group work, in which the students choose an area of study and carry out a semi-independent project, including the collection of data, appropriate analysis and then reporting to the other course members on their findings. In the course of the field work, students will be helped to appreciate the interaction between the organisms and their habitat and the general features of the environment are also studied.

Associated Costs

Field course costs £150

Students on the Fish and Shellfish Biology Shetland field course are required to purchase their evening meals

Further Information & Notes

Available only to any student who has pre-requisites and a degree intention in a programme run by SBS.
Dates for the different trips are as follows:
Coastal Biodiversity: Sunday 21st May - Friday 26th May 2017
Fisheries Biology (Shetland): Sunday 4th June - Sunday 11th June 2017
Freshwater and Terrestrial: Saturday 20th May - Friday 26th May 2017
Parasitology: Saturday 20th May - Saturday 27th May 2017

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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Assessment is based on the presentation of a short written account of the course work, and/or a seminar presentation, as well as assessment of performance during the course work.

Resit: No resit is available for field courses.

Formative Assessment

There is no formal formative assessment, but staff constantly interact with the students and so make the students aware of their performance on a continual basis.


There is frequent feedback during the course and also specific feedback provided on the report/presentation.

Course Learning Outcomes


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