With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation. So, we’ve designed you a unique course - with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists - so you can study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree. Our course offers a four-year 'sandwich-route' mode of study, giving you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year. So, you’ll get the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus, as well as understand how your degree can help you in gaining a career. **Why Choose University of Cumbria** Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - We're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you’ll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every term. - Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields - Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems - Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories - Flexibility to customise your learning by selecting modules - Practical, taxonomic and analytical capabilities ready for a future in science - Exciting, international field trips and placements - Great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations to enhance your job prospects - Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will enhance your learning - Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and give you close support during your studies If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we’ll help you gain the aquatic environment knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional who can make a difference. So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.