Take part on one of our award-winning expeditions for your undergraduate project

Our Volunteer Plus package is perfect for undergraduate students looking to join an expedition and gain underwater survey experience while also adding to and using our historical research datasets for their university thesis. Theses should have a focus on reef ecology as this is the data which volunteers participate in collecting.

Volunteer Plus students attend one of our six week expeditions and take part in all the same training, diving and activities as regular volunteers – this includes dive training to PADI Advanced Open Water level and our extensive marine science course. Please note; this package does not involve independent data collection on-site, although volunteers will be collecting data during their reef monitoring dives.

Before attending an expedition, students will be given access to our historical datasets, which they can analyse as part of their university thesis or project.

We are also very happy to share our datasets with students who would like to use them for a desk-based study and this has a wider scope in terms of the data we can provide (for example fisheries or aquaculture data).

Beyond being a first-class conservation organisation, Blue Ventures is staffed and directed by true leaders in the marine sciences who have delivered a wealth of fundamental research on par with many academic institutions. Blue Ventures is therefore poised to offer an outstanding education experience to undergraduates and postgraduates alike, who can rise to the challenge of good science.
Dr Sam Purkis

Independent Research programme fees

We know that studying full time at university can be financially constraining, so we offer visiting undergraduates a competitive package in order to take part on our expeditions.

All independent research placements must start in line with our standard expedition dates – see:

Madagascar expedition dates

Belize expedition dates

Timor-Leste expedition dates

Students receive a 10% discount on our standard expedition fees.

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