Field courses

Study biological sciences out in the field with our range of trips both in the UK and abroad.

Not surprisingly, the field courses are often the most popular units with our students.

They are open to students on some of our biological and biomedical degrees (check course units for details). Field courses are currently compulsory for Zoology, and optional for students on our Biology, Life Sciences and Biology with Science and Society degrees.

These courses offer an opportunity to travel, make new friends, and study organisms in a wide range of habitats.

Year 1

Animal behaviour - South Africa

Travel to the northernmost province of South Africa to study the behaviour and ecology of animals.

Read more about the South Africa field course.

Marine biology - Scotland

Study diverse ecosystems in Millport, on our very own shores.

Read more about the Scotland field course.

Comparative and adaptive biology - Mallorca

Visit a range of different characteristic habitats and examine how the Mediterranean climate shapes the organisms found there.

Read more about the Mallorca field course.

“Getting the opportunity to go to South Africa to study animal behaviour was the highlight of my first year at university. I got to know students and staff that I may otherwise not have and found our project very interesting and rewarding. It was nice to learn outside of a lecture theatre whilst enjoying a completely new and beautiful environment.”

Emily Jose / Zoology student

Year 2

Alpine biodiversity and forest ecology – Italy

Study at the field station Baita Torino located in the Italian Carnic Alps and explore the biological dynamics of different alpine ecosystems.

Read more about the Italy field course.

Tropical ecosystems - Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in the tropical ecosystems of Costa Rica and visit various conservation and biodiversity hotspots.

Read more about the Costa Rica field course.

Urban biodiversity - Manchester

Examine the impact of urban development in areas of scientific interest in and around Manchester.

Read more about the urban biodiversity field course.