University of Hull Aquatic Zoology

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University of Hull Aquatic Zoology

University of Hull Aquatic Zoology

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BSc Aquatic Zoology

This programme focuses on the biology of marine, estuarine and freshwater animals and their relation to the aquatic and riparian environment. Particular emphasis is given to the diversity, biology and physiology of marine and freshwater animals. This knowledge is embedded within an understanding of the ecology of aquatic animals, the ecosystems in which the animals live, and the commercial importance of these ecosystems and animals. The degree also identifies the numerous human pressures on the aquatic environment and animals, linking to the key management processes involved in mitigating these impacts.

Incorporated into the degree are transferable and employability skills relating to the biological discipline generally, but with an emphasis on aquatic zoology. This programme is intended to provide the study skills required for life-long learning and meet the skills requirements of employers. Staff within the School regularly engage with key employers and tailor some specific module content to ensure students have relevant knowledge to improve employability opportunities within the discipline.

This programme builds on the research strengths in aquatic biology and resource management, aquatic ecophysiology and evolutionary biology within the School, and students on this programme have priority for the opportunity to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA divers during their degree.

The aims of this programme are to:

  • Enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of aquatic zoology through taught sessions, research, problem solving and practical experience allowing them to interpret and critically evaluate data within the context of aquatic zoology.
  • Develop the students’ intellectual skills while maintaining emphasis on the practical nature of biology, through laboratory classes, field studies and research projects.
  • Facilitate the acquisition of a broad range of transferable skills, which will equip students for future employment, training or other educational opportunities.
  • Provide a supportive learning environment that acknowledges and responds to the diversity of student backgrounds and experiences, and which allow students the opportunity to realise their academic potential.
  • Provide a broad and flexible route to a degree in aquatic zoology at a depth and level appropriate to honours degree standard.
  • Enable students in their final year to undertake an independent research project and/or work placement.