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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • Students gain practical skills in qualitative and quantitative surveys, and the identification of marine plants, algae and invertebrates.
  • Understanding of shallow-water and coastal marine biodiversity is enhanced by hands-on activities in the field and lab.
  • Students gain confidence, build team-working and problem-solving skills by participating in this residential field course.
  • 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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • One of Biology (BI) (Studied) or Ecology (EK) (Studied) or Environmental Sciences (EV) (Studied) or Forestry (FY) (Studied) or Plant Science (PL) (Studied) or Zoology (ZO) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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.

Associated Costs

Costs: £150


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

 Date: 20th -25th May 2018 inclusive.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

1 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 

  • Practical test (50%)
  • Individual Report (50%)


  • As with 1st attempt, with an allowance to resit whichever component(s) was/were failed, and pass grades carried forward.

Formative Assessment



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

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