Primer in Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Conservation

This Primer in Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Conservation will be a Level 7 (Master’s Level) PostGraduate four-day intensive course that will focus on:

  • marine biology (including ecology, species-environment relationships and the evolution of marine organisms),
  • principles and concepts underpinning species and habitat conservation initiatives in coastal and marine habitats,
  • conservation of biodiversity and natural heritage.

The course will be delivered by qualified and internationally recognised specialists.

It can be taken as a standalone unaccredited course for CPD or other purposes, or can be accredited to form part of the MSc in Marine Science and Climate Change.

The dates for the course are the 27th-28th July, and the 31st July- 1st August.

Why the University of Gibraltar?

Located in a unique zone where three distinct marine biogeographical provinces (Lusitanian, Mauritanian and Mediterranean) converge, the region of the Straits of Gibraltar provides a matchless natural laboratory for marine studies, allowing ready access to a wide range of different environments that highlight the sheer breadth of diversity and dynamism of this compelling location.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st, or with a 2.2 degree in a relevant subject but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience (at least two years of work/life experience deemed by the University to be either appropriate  in the fulfilment of minimum entry criteria) are encouraged to apply. At least a good level of high-school Maths and English (GCSE, Grade C, or equivalent). Proven ICT skills in word-processing, database management, email and Internet are a requirement. Students must also be able to communicate their ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and media presentations.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

The University of Gibraltar will recognise prior learning of students who have attended similar programmes, obtained equivalent awards and/or hold extensive relevant specialist experience.

Students where English is not their first language

For students where English is not their first language, they are required to have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17


£400 for the accredited and £300 for the unaccredited course

How to apply

If you wish to apply please complete online applications at