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Why study with us?

Growing threats to the global environment have resulted in an increasing loss of biodiversity and elevated rates of extinction. Changes in public perceptions and legislation have led to an increase in the demand for professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the conservation of species and ecosystems.  

Our campus is ideally placed, with easy access to Cumbria’s extensive natural habitats, biodiversity and internationally important coastal sites. You will learn actively, often on location, undertaking real-world assignments that build skills that employers want. You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in what they teach, in classes where you are a valued member of the group. Our location, experience, people and connections work together to provide excellent opportunities to study conservation biology. 

What can this course lead to?

You will learn actively, often on location, undertaking real-world assignments that build skills that employers want. Many students progress on to further studies, plus employment within conservation, science and the outdoors.

Resources and facilities

The National School of Forestry, with over 50 years of experience of producing career ready graduates, provides an exceptional range of facilities for both students and researchers. The campus encompasses over a hundred hectares of Cumbrian countryside, and has been recognised as an incredibly diverse and ecologically rich environment.  

We are privileged to offer direct access to a wide range of habitats and forest types on-campus, including mixed broadleaf woodland, coniferous woodland, willow plantations, a young oak orchard, wetland, arable farmland and pastureland, and associated hedgerows, shelterbelts, ways, and brooks.  

In addition to this variety, we also have a large (and growing!) arboretum, a tropical plant house, temperate and research glass houses, and gardens, all on site. We also have excellent new laboratory facilities. This outstanding set of resources enables many classes and field visits to be conducted just outside the lecture rooms, providing an enhanced learning environment where learning is combined with cutting-edge research. 

Have a look at our learning resources for Conservation.


Home and EU students: £9,000 per academic year

International students: £10,500 per academic year

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