Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management - BSc Hons (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management
As both human activities and environmental processes increase the demand being placed on coastal and marine resources, a need has arisen for skilled individuals to redress the balance in these highly sensitive ecosystems. Our BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management and preparatory Foundation Degree are vocational programmes that deliver skills in marine sciences and environmental management for ultimate employment within these areas. The career opportunities are diverse and graduates have progressed to employment with a host of environmental agencies and companies, namely Natural England, North West Fisheries, APEM Ltd Environmental Consultants and Merlin Entertainment (Sealife Centre). Postgraduate study and teaching are also popular.
Course Entry Requirements
PLEASE NOTE – Only students who have studied the Foundation Degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management at Blackpool and The Fylde College and achieved a PASS will be considered for this top-up course.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
Only students who have studied the Foundation Degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management at Blackpool and The Fylde College and have achieved a minimum of a pass will be considered for this top-up course.
Career Options and Progression
The vast majority of our graduates have progressed onto employment within the environmental management sector, working for organisations such as North West Fisheries, APEM Ltd Environmental Consultants, Natural England and Merlin Entertainment (Sealife Centre). Others have progressed onto Masters Degrees and PGCE programmes at different universities.
Sophie Gordon completed the BSc Hons Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management. Read more to discover how her degree helped her gain an internship in the Bahamas!
Clayton Jones had plans to work as an environment consultant when he enrolled at Blackpool and The Fylde College, but since completing his course he’s taken a slightly different career path.
He’s now set up his own business developing a marine tidal turbine and hopes to deploy it as part of a community project in the near future Read more.
Thomas Myerscough is a 23-year-old graduate from Blackpool and The Fylde College. Since graduating he has gained employment at the Wyre Rivers Trust and Wyre Waters Catchment Partnership as a Science Project Officer. Tom was fortunate enough to gain employment from the placement that he completed while studying at B&FC. Read more
Modules and Assessment
This programme focuses on the development of skills appropriate to employment in the assessment, analysis and evaluation of coastal and marine conservation issues. It integrates theoretical knowledge and understanding with practical expertise, while developing transferable skills directly applicable to the work context and to serve future employability needs. Our multi-disciplinary approach allows you to acquire analytical, communication, problem-solving, scientific and technological skills together with practical techniques of enquiry and sound business principles, all of which may be applied to the conservation and management of valued marine and coastal environments and species.
BScMB 3/13 Environmental Impact Assessment - 20 credits
BScMB 3/14a Biology of Marine Mammals and Reptiles - 10 credits
BScMB 3/14b Genetics and Molecular Biology - 10 credits
BScMB 3/15 Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science - 20 credits
BScMB 3/16 The Management of Coastlines for Sustainable Tourism - 20 credits
BScMB 3/17 Dissertation - 40 credits
A variety of assessment methods link to both personal development and industry practices and include the following:
- Laboratory reports and data interpretation exercises
- Critical analyses of case studies
- Seen and unseen examinations
- Individual and group presentations (whether oral and/or technology-based)
- Critical self and peer-evaluation
- Role analyses/evaluations
- Logbooks and diaries relating to professional practice/work placement and Personal Development Planning
- External placement or work-based learning reports
- PowerPoint presentations, poster and video production
The assessment breakdown for each module is as follows:
BScMB 3/13 Environmental Impact Assessment - 100% Coursework
BScMB 3/14a Biology of Marine Mammals and Reptiles - 100% Coursework
BScMB 3/14b Genetics and Molecular Biology - 100% Coursework
BScMB 3/15 Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science - 25% Coursework, 75% Examination
BScMB 3/16 The Management of Coastlines for Sustainable Tourism - 50% practical, 50% exam
BScMB 3/17 Dissertation - 100% Coursework
Teaching and Learning Methods
Teaching and learning take the form of seminar and lecture sessions in small groups, with lots of individual learning and fieldwork. There is a blend of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning sessions. Our flexible approach means we are happy to adapt the curriculum delivery to accommodate different learning styles. During this top-up year, we will encourage you to become more independent in your learning, for example you will be expected to complete a dissertation project with minimal supervision by a named tutor. These independent skills could facilitate progression to Level 7 and beyond and contribute to Lifelong Learning.
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement included on this course.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
You will need to supply your own warm, waterproof clothing and Wellington boots. Prices vary depending on brand and supplier. Other resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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