School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Field trips

Fieldwork is an attractive option for students on our Biology, Genetics Zoology programmes, taking learning out of the lecture theatre and into the real world.

From hunting dinosaur fossils in Canada and filming leopards in South Africa, to looking for seals in Scotland and scouting for snails in Somerset, our field trips will give you a range of practical skills as well as being an unforgettable experience.

Ecology – Somerset


This module covers the essentials and fundamental concepts of population and community ecology as well as applied issues such as conservation. There is a field trip to Nettlecombe (Somerset) Field Centre, where students study organisms in their natural environments, rather than in the laboratory.

Marine and Animal Diversity – Millport (Scotland)


The module is entirely taught on a field course in Millport, Scotland, with lectures covering functional morphology and evolutionary relationships complementing the practical work focussing on identification, classification, anatomy, ecology and behaviour. The course equips the students with an understanding of the taxonomy, phylogeny and basic biology of species from over 20 invertebrate phyla that they will experience directly on the field course.

Ecological Interactions – Croatia


In this module students obtain knowledge of ecological practice and undertake fieldwork in Croatia, learning how to integrate theory with empirical observations and data collection. Students gain practical experience in the field and also observe researchers collecting scientific data for both terrestrial and freshwater aquatic ecosystems.

Species: Dinosaurs to DNA – Canada

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Understanding the nature of the species and how they are defined is a crucial part of modern biology, especially in the context of biodiversity and conservation. This module includes an field trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, and covers all aspects of the correct identification and naming of species and higher groups of organisms (taxonomy) and how these data are used in modern biological research.

Savannah Ecology and Conservation – African Savannahs

African Savannahs

The module is taught as a field course based at Wits Rural Facility, South Africa. Topics covered in the module include the characteristics of savannah ecosystems, adaptations in tropical plants, conservation of small populations, wildlife management, hunting and conservation and human-wildlife conflict.