in partnership with the Marine Biological Association (MBA)

For more than seven years, the Marine Biological Association (MBA) has teamed up with our expert tutors to offer budding marine biologists a chance to connect with experts in their field.
Field Studies Council has partnered with The Marine Biological Association (MBA) to offer participants attending our Marine Science Camps and Snorkelling for Marine Biology course at Dale Fort or Slapton Ley Centre a free year membership to the MBA.*

The MBA is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support.  The MBA is the voice of Marine Biology and supports Marine Biologists throughout their journey, from those just starting out, to professionals and those who are leading the way forward in this dynamic field.

Field Studies Council Marine Residentials

Our Marine Residentials are a fantastic opportunity for anyone aged 16-18 with an interest in learning more about Marine Biology. These residentials take place at our marine field centres at Slapton Ley in Devon and Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire. They offer easy access to the UK coastline and marine wildlife.

Participants gain valuable experience in a whole host of marine research techniques and develop unique skills in marine conservation, species identification and ecosystem surveys.

Marine Science Camp

This residential is for young people aged 16 – 18 years old interested in learning more about marine biology.

From seabirds to shore crabs, this course provides an ideal way to gain skills and experience in Marine conservation, ecosystem surveys and species identification. Special talks and lectures will be given by working conservationists on their research, job roles and the marine environment.

If you are considering furthering your education in marine biology or marine science, this could be the perfect course for you to enrich your field experience and explore some of the possible career pathways.

The course is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Residential

Snorkelling for Marine Biology

This course is aimed at young people aged 16 and 17 years old who are interested in learning more about marine life.
The UK’s waters are full of amazing marine life but, are often under-appreciated. This course will give you a taste of our fascinating underwater world and will qualify you as a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) snorkel diver at Dale Fort Field Centre.

Aimed at beginners, this progressive course will cover practical skills and theory sessions.
Time out of the water will be spent learning about marine habitats and species, marine conservation and current threats to our oceans.

The course is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Residential.

* All members will gain access to The Marine Biologist Magazine, have the opportunity to attend events and talks both in person and online, discounts and much more. Excludes residentials at Millport Field Centre. For full details visit Our Membership | Marine Biological Association.  

The category of membership will be determined by individual circumstances, existing members will get a year added to their subscription.

Want to know more? Find out more about our marine science camps and the work of the MBA by reading our interview blog with them.