BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (with placement)

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Course code D390

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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.

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Soundscape research brings the countryside to life

Posted: 13 Dec 2018

Could a soundscape, presented using state of the art technology, help encourage more young people to take an active interest in the countryside? A collaboration between the University of Cumbria, University for the Creative Arts, Glyndwr University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Albion Outdoors funded by the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST) has seen academics focus on nature and biodiversity.

Students create Cumbria's newest nature reserve

Posted: 7 Dec 2018

The first phase of work to create a new nature reserve near Ambleside has been completed thanks to successful collaboration between local businesses and charities led by students at the University of Cumbria. Second year conservation biology student Joshua Gilroy made a successful bid to the Woodland Trust for over a hundred saplings as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. Friends of the Lake District, Hayes Garden World and Dalefoot Compost also offered their support.

What is Animal Conservation?

Posted: 4 Feb 2019

Hi, I'm Ellie. I'm currently studying Animal Conservation in my second year and this is my blog. Enjoy!

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Wed 27 Feb 2019

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Undergraduate Open Day

Wed 13 Mar 2019

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