Why study BSc (Hons) Ecology & Wildlife Conservation at BU?

  • Learn from expert academics, professional practitioners and guest speakers who will guide you through the wider social and legal context in which ecological conservation operates
  • Gain practical experience with opportunities for fieldwork in a fantastic variety of local habitats including forests, meadows, heaths and maritime environments
  • Undertake a 2-week placement in your first year as well as an additional 4-week placement in your second year or 30-week placement sandwich year after your second year
  • Select subjects that match your personal passions and ambitions as the course has a wide range of options units
  • Engage with our staff research collaborations with conservation organisation and be part of a thriving network of staff, students and professional practitioners working together for wildlife conservation
  • You'll be career ready, with 90% of graduates in employment or further study within fifteen months of finishing the course

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Find out more about the content of this course

Foundation year: We have a Foundation Year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

Studying BSc (Hons) Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at BU

Work on real-life projects

Our students work in partnership with our staff to co-create 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, work placements and final year dissertations our students get involved in, including moose behaviour in Norway, Madagascan rainforests, and chimpanzees in Tanzania to name just a few.  

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time with short placements, or 4 years full-time with placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with short placements, or 5 years with placement year. Please view compulsory placement info.

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.


3 years full-time with one 2-week and one 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with one 2-week placement and a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with one 2-week and one 4-week placement, or 5 years with one 2-week placement and a 30-week minimum placement.