Field Techniques for Surveying Fish & Amphibians

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General information

This dedicated, tutor-led field techniques course provides in-depth training in fish and amphibian surveying and sampling from initial considerations through to methods and techniques, sampling strategies and reporting. It covers a wide range of fish survey techniques for use in marine and freshwater environments including netting, trapping, electrofishing, and egg estimates. For amphibians, the course covers observational techniques, netting and trapping, and calls.

As a part-time course taught online, Field Techniques for Surveying Fish and Amphibians is ideal for professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, and volunteers that are seeking flexible study combined with expert training. There is no set time to log in to the course, which makes it ideal for students in different time zones as well as those wishing to study flexibly on a weekly basis; topics will be covered following a suggested calendar of activity, ensuring that activities, discussion and reading are completed within the 5 week duration and at an even pace with other students.

This course can be taken with or without Masters-level credit; credit enables students to demonstrate their academic achievement and can count towards further postgraduate study. Students taking the course for credit submit an assessment of up to 2.000 words or equivalent, students taking the course without credit will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course.

The course tutor will guide students through a series of key topics via reading materials, online activities, and discussion forums ( no less than 6 hours per week, usually distributed across each week). The discussion forums will be the primary space where students are able to interact with one another and their tutor to discuss questions, solve problems and share ideas – just as they would expect to do in a face-to-face classroom setting.

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Venue: University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

Online and Distance Learning



Accredited Study: £695.00

Non-acredited Study: £395.00

Student Rate (Non-accredited Study): £295.00


All candidates will need to:

  1. Hold a minimum qualification equivalent to a first Honours Degree (BA, BSc, etc). Non-graduates may be considered if they are able to demonstrate considerable experience in a relevant field. If in doubt, please email;
  2. Offer some first-hand knowledge and/or experience of field work or conservation issues;
  3. Satisfy the minimum required English language criteria set by the University, being either a native English speaker, or able to offer test results as specified. Applicants with borderline scores may be accepted on condition that they attend a language course and gain an acceptable score;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to be able to commit the necessary time to study;
  5. Have good access to a computer and a fast/reliable internet connection;
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work alongside fellow students and tutors as part of an online community and independently

Application Procedure:

To apply for the course with academic credit please download and complete the course application form to apply by post (scanned applications will also be accepted via email). To join the course without academic credit please either enrol online or by post as instructed below.

A reference (where requested), should be supplied with your application. Applicants are advised to email should they be unsure about the suitability of the referees they intend to use.

Grant Opportunities:

A special student rate of £295 is available for the non-accredited study on this course. This rate is available to currently registered graduate level part-time and full-time UK/EU and Overseas students. To apply for the special student rate please contact the course team on or +44 (0)1865 286952; confirmation of status from an academic supervisor or other authority is normally required.


Academic level: Lifelong Learning

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