This course combines Bachelors level with Masters level study in one integrated package. On our Animal Biology and Conservation degree, you'll get to work from our Science Centre, which is right next to our own nature reserve. The course is ideal if you want to work in wildlife management or conservation. Many graduates from this course work with conservation bodies or as environmental consultants in the private sector. Others pursue research positions. You'll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical exercises and workshops that are supplemented by lecture material. Fieldwork is incorporated throughout and you'll work in personal and small group tutorials to enable valuable one-to-one feedback. In Year 1, you'll develop your understanding of core scientific areas, including ecology, evolution, biology of organisms and biological processes. In Year 2, you'll study adaption and survival, behaviour, ecology and field biology. You'll also develop your field-based research skills to gain experience in key habitat survey techniques. You'll progress as an independent researcher by completing your professional practice placement. Placement opportunities are flexible to allow tailored engagement with graduate employers. In Year 3, your emphasis will be on developing your academic expertise in conservation biology and habitat management, invertebrate and vertebrate conservation, applied entomology and toxicology. You'll also complete an independent piece of research. In Year 4 you will undertake these modules: Advanced Research Methods; Advanced Biological Techniques; Specialist Topics in the Biosciences; Life Sciences Placement OR Biological Research Assistantship Our expertise is varied. The specialist interests of our lecturers include butterfly conservation, urban sustainability and environmental pollution. If you would like to study a biology-based degree but your current qualifications do not meet our entry requirements for degree level study, our Biology with a Foundation Year is available.
The skills and knowledge gained on the course are highly relevant to a number of careers in the area of wildlife management and conservation. Many of our graduates find employment with conservation bodies or in the private sector working as consultants in animal ecology. Many go on to research positions or enrol on one of our specialist Conservation and Management masters programmes.