School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Distance Learning - Delve Deeper

Distance Learning - Delve Deeper

This course is for everyone who shares our respect and fascination for the marine environment.

About

A distance learning course in Marine Biology.

This six month programme explains the biology and ecology of marine organisms.

Five monthly internet-based modules cover the coasts of the UK, open oceans, polar seas, tropical coral reefs, creatures of the deep and other topics.

Participants can download and work through content, and complete online assessments.

The final module is a five day field course.

Course details

This course runs every year, starting in March. It lasts a total of six months, with a new module released each month. You can progress through the materials at your own pace, and do not need to complete the module within any particular month. This format is to ensure the course is accessible to people with busy lives and careers.

‌The cost of the course is £595, and includes:

  • all internet-delivered tuition
  • use of equipment and resources
  • field trips and lunches for the field course

The field course will extend and enhance your enjoyment of the learning process by bringing to life marine biology as a discipline. This will be delivered at and around our Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats, near Newcastle upon Tyne.

There will be some assessment, and a Certificate of Participation will be awarded to those successfully completing the assignments. The course is designed as a taster of more formal marine biology study leading to a degree.

If you have any queries, please e-mail: marinecourse@ncl.ac.uk

Teaching & Equipment

Your teaching on the Delve Deeper course will be delivered by marine biology professionals, all experts in their field.

Teaching

Your teachers wil be marine biology professionals and assistant teachers. The course materials for will be supplied by us over the internet.

The field course will reinforce the concepts introduced through the internet-based modules. You'll extend your learning by being able to engage with the subject on a practical level.

Field and laboratory based exercises will help you understand the biological processes and issues relating to the marine environment. You'll be able to see first hand the diverse range of techniques employed by today’s marine scientists.

You will develop a range of skills, and be supported throughout to increase your confidence in learning and in your ability to understand marine biological and scientific terms.

Equipment

The only equipment you need for the course is for the internet based modules - a PC or Mac computer, with access to the internet.

There is no need to buy any books or materials. All your course materials will be supplied by us over the internet and during the field course.

If, during the course, there is a particular area or topic that you wish to read about in more depth or are having trouble with - we can advise you further at the appropriate time.

If you have any queries, please email: marinecourse@ncl.ac.uk

Modules

Find out what you'll be learning about.

Modules cover tropical, polar and coastal seas, the open ocean, life cycles and behaviour of sea organisms - and the human impact on oceans. Participants can download and work through content, and complete online assessments.

Module One - Our Coastal Seas

Examining the intertidal shores and coastal waters of the UK and introducing some basic concepts in marine biology.

Module Two - The Open Ocean

Exploring life in the seas from the depths of the darkest oceanic trenches and abyssal plains to the fascinating cycles of plankton life in sunlit upper reaches.

Module Three - Field Course

Based at our Dove Marine Laboratory and Newcastle University, the field course will include field sampling techniques, laboratory practicals and microscope work, and lectures by our marine biologists.

Module Four - Tropical Seas

Introducing marine life in warmer waters, coral reefs and mangroves.

Module Five - Polar Seas

Describing the coldest seas on earth, perilously under threat from climate change, and the organisms that live there.

Module Six - Human Seas

Drawing together knowledge from previous modules, and information on human interaction with the marine environment, to examine our enduring relationship with the oceans.

Field course

The field course is an excellent opportunity to meet other students, experience hands-on marine biology and visit the stunning Northumbrian coast!

The field course for 2019 will take place from Sunday 5 May to Thursday 9 May inclusive.

Teaching is split between the main University campus in Newcastle, the Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats, and various other field sites.

You'll get to try field sampling techniques, laboratory practicals and microscope work.

You'll have lectures by our marine biologists and gain confidence in your ability to understand marine biological and scientific terms.

There will be time for a social element too, with evening events organised.

If you have any queries, please email: marinecourse@ncl.ac.uk

Who can join

The course is for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in Marine Biology.

You could be a diver, sea-angler, surfer, or simply just have a keen interest in marine life. If you share our respect and fascination for the marine environment, you'll fit right in!

Entry requirements

We want to make this course as accessible as possible, and to engage people in scientific learning without fear.

We therefore have no entry requirements, other than a familiarity with computers and the internet.

We will support you throughout your study as you embark on this challenge.

Assessments

As the course is open to all, it is for interest only, and there will be no formal qualification at the end.

There will be some assessment, and a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those successfully completing the assignments.

Additional support

If you think you may have any access issues or need for additional support with either the modules or the field course, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We'd love to hear from you, and we can discuss how we can support your learning.

If you have any queries, please email: marinecourse@ncl.ac.uk

How to apply

Registration for the 2019 course is now open.

Registration for the 2019 course is now open and will remain open until 1 March 2019, unless we become oversubscribed. Notification will be posted here when registration closes, so please proceed and book your place. There are three easy steps:

Step 1: Ensure you are eligible

  • Will you be 18 years or older on 1 March 2019?
  • Will you have regular access to the internet?
  • If yes to both questions, you are eligible, and will be granted a place unless there is some extenuating reason that we cannot meet your needs.

Step 2: Print and complete the downloadable booking form(PDF: 109KB) and send it to us

Step 3: Follow the link to the secure online payment portal and pay the course fee of £595 GB sterling via a credit card.

Once you have completed all three steps, you will receive confirmation of your place.

Three weeks before the course start date in March, you will receive your secure login codes and details of how to access the materials. You will have access to the online learning environment, the course materials and the assessment quizzes until October 2019.