What will I learn?

With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation.So, we’ve designed you a unique course - with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists - so you can study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - we're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site.So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you’ll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every term.- Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields- Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems- Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories- Flexibility to customise your learning and carve your future career by selecting modules- Hone practical, taxonomic and analytical skills to the high-level that future employers will demand- Exciting, international field trips and placements for hands-on experience- Enhance your job prospects thanks to our great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations, such as the Freshwater Biological Society- Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will keep your learning up-to-date- Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and give you close support during your studies- Use of modern learning spaces, lecture theatres and a well-stocked library with Geography resources and journals- Access to excellent on-campus facilities, including a climbing wallYou will live and learn close to the shores of Windermere, on our friendly Ambleside campus in the stunning Lake District, where you will be surrounded by a picturesque patchwork of more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes, an abundance of rivers - all home to unique habitats and wildlife.If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we’ll help you gain the aquatic environment knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional aquatic scientist who can make a difference.**Year 1** - You'll build a solid base in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, which will be expanded upon during the rest of the course.**Year 2** - You'll study six modules to give you a fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.**Year 3** - You'll study the processes controlling the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats, their plants and animals. Plus, there are many opportunities to get on-the-job experience in the field, with a UK or international placement or by volunteering with local conservation organisations.You also get the chance to choose from a range of modules to suit your interests. But, whatever you choose, you will always benefit from laboratory-based teaching to boost your practical and analytical skills, which will enhance your chances of employmentSo, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.

Which department am I in?

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£10,500.00 (US$ 14,452) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 September 2022



Rydal Road,



LA22 9BB, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Cumbria

Ranked 1st in the UK and Top Ten worldwide for Quality Education (Times Higher Impact Rankings 2020)

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