School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Field studies

Field Studies

Students on our two Marine Science degree programmes undertake two residential field courses as part of their studies at Newcastle.

Find out what it was like on our field trip to Bermuda.

Giving you the chance to participate in intensive field courses allows you to put the skills you've learnt in Newcastle into practice in new environments.

UK residential field courses

As part of the second year module Marine Practical Skills, all of our undergraduate students take part in a one-week residential field course at the Field Studies Council Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae, just off the west coast of Scotland.

This usually runs in the June between your first and second year. This field course provides you with the opportunity to develop your identification skills of plants and animals that differ vastly to those you will see on the north-east coast of England.

During the week, you will take part in lectures and four practical activities each led by a different member of our teaching staff, including a sampling trip on the centre's research vessel. Accommodation is on-site at the centre, which is in close distance to a range of excellent field sites.

The course is not all hard work, as we usually arrange a football match with the locals and encourage you to take part in the quiz. These are great ways for you to get to know your classmates and lecturers better.

Overseas residential field courses

As part of your final year research project module (MST3104MST3105MST3106 or MST3107), you will take part in a week-long overseas residential field course. 

Currently our students have a choice of three destinations: Bermuda, Mexico or Portugal.

The Bermuda and Mexico field courses usually run in the September, just before you start your final year, with the Portugal course taking place around the Easter break of your final year.

All three field courses have the same format of practical group activities during the first few days, to get you familiar with your environment and introduce you to new sampling techniques. These are followed by a small group research project where you get to choose your own research topic based on your interests and ideas picked up during the group activities.

The actual destinations may vary, but we will also endeavour to offer an exciting choice. We also offer the option of undertaking your final year research project overseas, in association with a recognised institute or conservation organisation.

We will ensure the support and supervision you receive overseas is of the same high standard as that at Newcastle, and will continue to liaise closely with you while you are away. This provision is instead of undertaking your final year reserach project in Newcastle.