There’s a growing demand for professionals with skills in the areas of wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation, sustainability and ecosystem management.
This course has been specifically designed to address that demand by providing you with a solid scientific grounding in the science of ecology and how it can be used to conserve species. It also provides great opportunities for gaining practical experience through fieldwork and working with conservation organisations.
As well as teaching you the ecological processes, our expert academics, professional practitioners and guest speakers will guide you through the wider social and legal context in which ecological conservation operates. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills, with many opportunities for fieldwork overseas or in a fantastic variety of local habitats including forests, meadows, heaths and maritime environments. We also welcome your engagement in our many staff research collaborations with conservation organisations. These range from understanding what is needed to protect rare species to broader sustainability issues such as climate change. Overall the course provides you with multiple opportunities to consolidate your learning by being part of a thriving strong network of staff students and professional practitioners working together for wildlife conservation.
You’ll have the option to select subjects that match your personal passions and ambitions as the course has a wide range of options in the second and third year. This includes the opportunity to participate in an international field trip as part of your course. On one recent field trip, students visited Costa Rica to work on projects with coral reefs, volcanoes and endangered species such as sea turtles.
To give you even more practical experience you’ll undertake a five-week placement at the end of your first year. There is also a placement at the end of your second year when you can opt to do either another five-week placement or opt instead for a minimum 30-week placement. These placements enable you to gain valuable employment skills, contacts and real-world experience with a wide range of local and international organisations.
Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences also work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practitioners and participating in individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science webpage to find out about the exciting projects our students get involved in, including moose behaviour in Norway, Madagascan rainforests, chimpanzees in Tanzania to name just a few. You can have a look at what projects our students do for work placements, class projects, final year dissertations and more!
89% of our final year students agree our staff have made the subject interesting – join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.
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For September 2021 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.
This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in March 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.
All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
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Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years with two 5-week placements, or 4 years with one 5-week placement and a minimum 30-week placement
All subjects considered