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Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology BSc (Hons) (Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology BSc (Hons) )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Cost Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (starting in 2019–20 & 2020–21) Full time: £9,000 per year Part time: £750 per 10 credits

This degree is professionaly accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

This course will teach you how to apply ecological sciences to the real-world needs of sustainable management and natural resource conservation across terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Current thinking in environmental management recognises the need for holistic practices which acknowledge the interrelatedness of the terrestrial and aquatic environments. As well as studying fundamental ecology, you will develop skills that allow you to assess the impact of policy decisions on management. You will be well prepared for the future job market as public and private sector organisations are increasingly paying attention to the sustainability and environmental impact of their operations.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • This course is the only one of its kind offered by UK universities, made possible by Bangor’s range of leading international expertise in terrestrial and marine sciences.
  • The degree course comprises a unique blend of modules from the Schools of Natural Sciences and Ocean Sciences.
  • Our location is ideal for fieldwork – located just metres from the seashore, with the mountains of Snowdonia National Park providing a spectacular backdrop to the city.
  • Close links with environmental bodies e.g. The Snowdonia Society, Natural Resources Wales and the British Trust for Ornithology help us to train graduates capable of addressing the scientific basis for the sustainable management of natural resources, and theecological impact of policy and management decisions across land and water use and industry in the public and private sector.

Course Content:


The modules offered use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, practicals and fieldwork to seminars and tutorials. Seminars and tutorials concentrate on problem solving, study skills development and reinforcing material taught in lectures; their relaxed and informal atmosphere also encourages lively debate over current and contentious issues. Courses are assessed using a variety of methods with an average split of 60% coursework and 40% examination. All modules makes extensive use of the University’s‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, which provides direct access to learning resources, course documents and lecture notes. If you opt for the placement year, you will spend your third year working with a relevant organisation gaining valuable career experience.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1 + 2

You will study 120 credits in each year of this course, through a range of lectures, tutorials, seminars and fieldwork. Our courses are modular. Although some modules are, by necessity, compulsory, others are optional, allowing you to expand your studies into new areas or develop specialisms that are of particular interest to you.

Final Year

Students take Marine Conservation and Exploitation as a compulsory module, and also work with a supervisor to design and carry out a piece of original research. There is a wide range of optional modules including Forest Ecology, Environmental Policy, Freshwater Ecosystems, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Forest Ecology, Ornithology, Primatology, Human Aspects of Conservation. Students have the option of going to Tenerife or Ghana for a week-long field course.

Compulsory Modules - Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

20 credits from:

Compulsory Modules - Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

Compulsory Modules - Year 3

Semester 1

Semester 2

Optional Modules

70 credits from:

Structural components
Ship training
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Marine spatial planning