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Course Overview

  • &nbsp      Students gain practical skills in qualitative and quantitative surveys, and the identification of marine plants, algae, fish and invertebrates.

    &middot &nbsp         Understanding of shallow-water and coastal marine biodiversity is enhanced by hands-on activities in the field and lab.

    &middot &nbsp         There is also an element of Mediterranean fisheries biology and the marine environmental impacts of fisheries.

    &middot &nbsp         Students gain confidence, build team-working and problem-solving skills by participating in this residential field course.

    &middot &nbsp         The international context of the course fosters foreign language skills and an increased awareness of cultural diversity.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Frithjof Kuepper

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

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (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 Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3

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

In this course students develop an understanding of the shallow-water and coastal marine biodiversity of the Mediterranean, with implications for applications (e.g. fisheries, conservation, marine carbon sequestration). The course comprises one full week of residential activity (5-6 days), with a weekend in between or afterwards for self-arranged excursions / activities. The venue is the Marine Science Dept. of the University of the Aegean, Mytilini, Lesvos, which offers all amenities of a university campus in a historic Mediterranean island capital – including a canteen offering typical Greek food at low cost. Inshore habitats include sandy and rocky benthos / shores, cliffs, seagrasss meadows, Cystoseira climax communities, sea caves, salt marshes, coastal lagoons are accessible.

Students will gain practical skills in qualitative and quantitative surveys, in identifying marine plants / algae and invertebrates, as well as field ecology. There is also an emphasis on fisheries biology with on-site visits of fishing vessels and fish markets.

Associated Costs

Costs to be confirmed


The above cost does not include travel. Students are required to book their own flights to attend the course, but must not do so until their place has been confirmed on the course.

Further Information & Notes

 Dates Sat 25th May - Sat 1st June 2019.


Costs: £150. 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

1st Attempt: 

  • Field notebook (70%)
  • Group presentation (30%)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students will receive individual and group feedback on each assessment (report) and will receive informal, verbal feedback during practical sessions and field visits.

Course Learning Outcomes

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