• Explore the Lakes

    Our Ambleside campus offers an excellent base for exploring the beautiful lakes, mountains and fells of the Lake District - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Career-focused

    Use cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA analysis and digital mapping technologies – key skills desired by employers

  • Hands-on

    You'll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and practical skills on placement at a variety of conservation organisations

Cumbria's natural habitats support 25% of all species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and 80% of our coastline is classified as being of international wildlife importance. Our Conservation courses are so unique due to the practical use of these priceless natural resources.

Why study Conservation at the University of Cumbria?

With numerous sites of Special Scientific Interest and habitats on our doorstep - ranging from the high Cumbrian fells to ancient woodlands - choosing to study conservation with us is an ideal choice if you wish to make the most of these priceless practical resources.

Based at our Ambleside campus, our conservation courses have been developed to meet the increasing demand for professionals with the knowledge to manage the conservation of species and ecosystems in the UK and overseas. Our optional, one-year sandwich placements also mean that whatever programme you choose, upon graduation you'll be equipped with the practical skills required for a career in conservation.

As a student on one of our conservation courses your studies will be enhanced by a team of staff who are heavily involved in conservation research both in the UK and abroad. This research is likely to provide you with the opportunity to become involved in scientific studies.

Resources and Facilities

We are the only UK university to teach conservation on a campus located within a National Park. Our Lake District campus in Ambleside offers easy access to a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems which you'll be encouraged to take full advantage of as part of your studies.

In addition, you'll have access to an exceptional range of facilities that includes research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of digital and hard-copy resources to ensure you graduate with the knowledge base, and the practical experience required for a successful career in conservation.

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