There’s a growing demand for professionals with skills in the areas of wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem management. This course has been specifically designed to address that need, providing you with a solid scientific grounding in field study of species, ecological interactions, wildlife conservation, habitats, and landscape processes.
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, providing you with multiple opportunities to consolidate your learning through practical application and engage in cutting-edge field research.
You’ll have the option to select subjects that match your personal passions and ambitions, and all students complete work placements to gain valuable employment skills, contacts and real world experience with a wide range of local and international opportunities, making contacts for the future. You must take two 5-week placements or one of these short placements and an optional long placement of at least 30 weeks. We have dedicated Placement Coordinators to help you make the most of these opportunities and support you while on placement.
The opportunity to participate in our annual international field trip is a highlight of this course. Our students visited Costa Rica, where they were involved in conservation projects including endangered species such as sea turtles, coral reefs, cloud forests and volcanoes.
Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences also work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practioners and participating in individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science web page 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!
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Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
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
International entry requirements:
For September 2019 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.
For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.