Your Learning Environment

Teaching & Learning

Your Learning Environment

Join us and you would not only be taught by leading experts, but also involved from the start in our research activities. The latest research is an important component of your course, which will also have a strong applied focus, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to address the major issues and shape the world around you.

Importantly, you will also develop your practical scientific skills through frequent laboratory work and field trips using equipment such as our remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). You will also have an opportunity to work abroad in our overseas study trips, towards which we provide a small subsidy.

We want you to experience what it’s like to actively research many of the topics important to understanding the world around us and to gain the experience and techniques to continue into a career in marine biology or in ecology. But this hands-on experience will also allow you to develop transferable skills in teamwork, organisation and developing and completing projects, all important no matter the career path you take.

Our Field Trips

Learning in a lecture theatre or laboratory is important, but ecologists and biologists need to be in the field working with the animals and the plants that they’re interested in. Studying ecology at the University of Liverpool students will have many opportunities to work at many of the interesting and unique local habitats that Liverpool and the North-West have to offer. These include sandy and rocky shores, and the various vibrant habitat they protect including sand dunes and salt marshes, woodland and parks, and even urban parts of Liverpool City itself.

Studying abroad

It’s important for all of our students to get as broad an experience of working in science as possible. Much of this can come about through working with different groups and gaining different perspectives. We therefore offer a range of opportunities for our students to travel abroad to get this experience, both culturally and also (and maybe more importantly!) in a research activity which they find interesting. Click through to read about our overseas trips and opportunities.