For Jack Ball, who has had a lifelong fascination with nature and wildlife, our Ambleside campus was the perfect place to study a degree in Conservation Biology.

“The location is perfect for nature lovers, studying in the heart of the Lake District means that I am never far from a new hike or nature walk. The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, seeing the rolling hills from your doorstep never gets old.”

Jack has had some amazing experiences on the course, including a yearlong placement in Iceland. “I was there to study and do research on whales and dolphins. The placement was 7 months long, during which I saw countless whales and dolphins. I was able to travel around the country and see glaciers, volcanoes and witnessed the northern lights dancing in the sky. I was even able to learn another language - not fluently of course!”

There are many potential opportunities available; there are field trips home and abroad and I took a year-long industry placement in Iceland studying whales and dolphins.

“My placement in Iceland was originally 7 months long, but at the end of that time, the company that I was originally volunteering for offered me a job as a tour guide on the whale watching boats. So my 7 months turned into 14 months. And now as a result of my time there I have extensive experience in numerous industries, and I have the contacts to back that up. Without the university I would never have been able to complete what was the most important and tremendous year of my life.”

BSc (Hons)

Conservation Biology

Manage protected lands, conserve biodiversity and safeguard ecological processes and ecosystem services. Surround yourself in your study by working in the heart of the Lake District.

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