BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (with placement)

UCAS

Course code D390

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UCAS

Course code D390

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on a course where the Lake District – one of the UK’s oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom.

Learning and living in this inspiring environment, you’ll be discovering many of the UK’s most iconic and endangered wildlife, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here.

Our course offers a four-year 'sandwich-route mode' of study, which will allow you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year. You'll get the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus, as well as understand how your degree can help you in gaining a career.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species – including ospreys, freshwater pearl mussels, red squirrels and Atlantic salmon - a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests (Britain’s own rainforest).

Plus, our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad, provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects.

  • We’re the only UK university with a campus within a national park
  • You’ll learn and study conservation where it happens
  • You’ll use cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA analysis and digital mapping technologies – key skills desired by employers
  • You’ll have access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment – including 60 camera traps
  • You have the opportunity to work alongside organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • Taught by tutors involved in international research, which informs your learning
  • Flexible modules to shape your course towards your intended career path
  • Conduct your own research but you can also get involved in our scientific studies
  • The opportunity to go on an international field trip to learn about conservation issues in the developing world (currently in West Africa)

Our course is designed by experts, who are well-known in the research of animal conservation science. You’ll be taught by academic tutors with years of practical experience working in the field.

So, if you want a successful career in wildlife conservation, this course will teach you everything you need to become a professional in the field.

Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.

Course study options

We also offer this course without a placement.

Standard option

Graduate destinations

You'll have the skills and knowledge to work in any field concerning conservation, with previous students going on to work with the Wildlife Trust, Chester Zoo, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and many more. You might also wish to continue your education through postgraduate study, including MSc and PhD courses.

News and Events

Crowning glory could come to mystery tree

Posted: 8 Jul 2019

A magnificent mystery maple has joined notable national species branching out in a bid to be crowned Tree of the Year. Known as the student tree, the prize oriental specimen at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus could this month join 10 hopefuls as finalists in Woodland Trust’s annual competition. Campus manager, Rob Wilson, said he was delighted by the surprise nomination and determined to find out more about the Japanese maple, described as the ‘mysterious beauty everyone loves’.

Lessons from Japan as UK upland farmers face crisis

Posted: 24 Jun 2019

One of the country’s leading uplands farming experts has warned a ‘no deal’ Brexit could push significant numbers of hill farmers out of business. Recently appointed a professor and currently director of University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, Lois Mansfield’s stark predictions come as she prepares to embark on a major factfinding visit to Japan. Prof Mansfield leaves this week on a prestigious Churchill Fellowship

What can you do with a degree in Animal Conservation?

Posted: 19 Mar 2019

Student Ellie Weir talks Animal Conservation opportunities in the UK and around the world.

Campus Tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019

An opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in the heart of the Lake District.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Come and join us at our Ambleside campus on the 10 November and discover your future - explore our campus, meet our staff and students and find out more about coming to the University of Cumbria