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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Learn Marine and Wildlife Conservation and Management

An exciting new foundation course that offers:

  • An in depth introduction to marine studies
  • Learn about wildlife conservation
  • Gain practical skills in project management and increase your employability
  • Range of electives

    This course is designed to give you the relevant knowledge to take your skills to the real world.

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    Study Marine Studies and Wildlife Conservation.

    The course is studied by distance learning and you can start the course at any time to suit you.

  • Learn about Marine Animals and Environments
  • Learn about wildlife conservation
  • Gain practical skills in project management and increase your employability
  • Self paced study, 600 hours 
  • This course is suitable for anyone wanting to work on a paid or volunteer basis within marine studies and wildlife management. Work in a -

    • zoo
    • wildlife park
    • safari park
    • sea life parks
    • journalism - writing about marine studies
    • research
    • teaching
    • ecotourism

    Choose from a wide range of elective. To complete the course you are required to complete six 100 hour modules. 



    To obtain the certificate you must successfully complete all assignments and pass an examination in the three core modules and three elective modules.

    CORE (click on the course titles for more information.

    1. Marine Studies I

    2. Marine Studies II

    3. Project Management

    ELECTIVES - student choose three modules from the following:

    Wildlife Conservation

    Wildlife Management

    Environmental Assessment


    Earth Science





    Other elective options may also be considered.



    • A separate exam must be completed for each of the core and stream modules.
    • Exams can be sat anywhere in the world.
    • The enrolment fee does not include exam fees. An exam fee is paid prior to sitting each exam.

    Content of the Core Modules

    Marine Studies I

    This course has 9 lessons as follows:

    1. Marine Ecology Systems
    2. Shallow Waters & Reefs
    3. Shellfish & Crustaceans
    4. Squid, Octopus, and Other Primitive Animals
    5. Fish Part A
    6. Fish Part B
    7. Marine Mammals
    8. Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds
    9. Human Impact on Marine Environments & Fishing

    Marine Studies II

    1. Introduction and Simple Organisms (Protists, Sponges etc)
    2. Marine Plants
    3. Cnidarians and Worms:
    4. Arthropods
    5. Molluscs
    6. Echinoderms:
    7. Non Bony Fishes:
    8. Bony Fishes I
    9. Bony Fishes II
    10. Marine Mammals

    Project Management

    There are nine lessons as follows:

    1. Introduction
    2. Project Identification
    3. Project Planning
    4. Project Implementation
    5. Project Completion & Evaluation
    6. Technical Project Management Skills
    7. Leadership Skills
    8. Improving Key Personnel Skills
    9. Major Assignment


    So Much To Learn

    Working with wildlife often starts with learning about the biology and behaviour of animals.
    Animals are more diverse than what you might realize in their anatomy, physiologyand behavioural characteristics. Consider, for instance: did you realize that fish can hibernate?

    Hibernation refers to a suspended state of activity occurring in certain animals (endotherms) in order to conserve energy during periods when food is scarce. An animal may hibernate from a few days up to several months at a time, allowing a slow decrease in their body temperature by a gradual reduction of their metabolic rate. When hibernation occurs during warmer seasons, this state is generally referred to “aestivation”.

    The duration and reason for hibernating is different for every animal:

    Bears - save their energy over the winter months, relying more on changes in their heart and metabolic rate rather than in their own body temperature to go into a period of “winter sleep”. Bears have the ability to reuse their own urine internally and reabsorb the protein for a period of several months during this time. The black bear's heartbeat will drop from approximately 45 to 8 beats per minute during hibernation periods, which lasts anytime between 3 and 5 months.

    Primates - some primates, such as lemurs, will hibernate depending on the temperature of their shelter. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs hibernate during the coldest time of the year in well-insulated tree holes for a period of up to 7 months. During this time, they will live off the fat of their own tail (hence their name). They come out after this period to feed, until the next season.

    Rodents - certain rodents follow a general hibernating routine, meaning that their body heat will decrease to equal the environmental temperature and will increase once their hibernating period is over. Marmots, for example, will hibernate for 8 months during which time their breathing reduces to as little as 3 breaths per minute, and their heartbeat decreases from 120 down to 4 beats per minute. The rest of the year (4 months) they spend their time reproducing, caring for their young and preparing for the next hibernating period.

    Ectothermic animals (e.g. fish) - cannot deliberately regulate their body temperature or metabolism. Instead, they experience a style of hibernation called “dormancy”, where their metabolic rate decreases and they are able to survive for long periods in colder or hypoxic (very little oxygen) environments.

    Birds - along with some mammals (e.g. marsupials, some mice, and some bats), birds experience a state of reduced metabolic rate and body temperature for a period not longer than 24 hours. This allows them to conserve energy and survive during periods when food is scarce. This type of hibernation is generally referred to as “daily torpor”, which can occur any time of the year - it is not seasonally dependant. The common poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) is the only bird species that “hibernates”, with hibernation periods lasting up to 5 months.

    When you understand the fundamentals of wildife and marine management, you then have a framework upon which you can build your experience and grow your knowledge. No course is ever going to teach you everything you will ever need to reach the top of your profession; but this course will set you on the right path.

    This course is designed to give you the relevant knowledge to take your skills to the real world. Core modules focus on Marine Studies as well as the practical knowledge gained from Project Management.

    A range of electives are provide to allow students to focus in depth on their interest, particular on wildlife management and conservation.
    For students interested in gaining employment in the wildlife conservation field, experience and certain supplementary qualifications often give you a big eadvantage when seeking employment. For example; anyone working in marine management will often need a diving certificate, and a boat licensing relevant to their location.






    Would you like to learn more about marine creatures for work or personal purposes? This course will enable you to study in your own time and at your own pace towards a great new interest or career in marine studies.

    Studying a course like this shows passion, determination and a desire to succeed. Exactly what people in the environmental and wildlife industries want to see. 

    If working with marine creatures is your dream job, well stop dreaming and start studying. Why delay? Enrol today.

    Register to Study - Go to “It’s Easy to Enrol” box at the top of the page and you can enrol now.


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    Meet some of our academics

    Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

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