Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on our BSc Animal Conservation Science, where the Lake District - one of the UK’s oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom.
Our course has been designed by experts, renowned for their research in animal conservation science and we are based in the heart of the Lake District so that you fully benefit from learning and living in this inspiring environment. You will discover many of the UK’s most iconic and endangered wildlife species, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
Live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species - including ospreys, freshwater pearl mussels, red squirrels and Atlantic salmon – and a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests (Britain's own rainforest).
Our strong links with wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects.
Your campus is based close to the shores of Windermere, in the Lake District - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have access to iconic landscapes and excellent facilities, including modern student spaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, a gym and a climbing wall.
- 100% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)
- We are the only UK university with a campus within a national park
- The Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA) is based on our Ambleside campus and the research it produces will enhance your learning
- You will be trained in cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA and digital mapping technologies, key skills desired by employers
- Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment including 60 camera traps and a research boat • Opportunities to work alongside conservation organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust
- You will be taught by a team involved in international research, which will inform your learning and provide opportunities to get involved
- The teaching team have years of practical experience working in the field and they will bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching
- Flexible modules enable you to shape our course towards your intended career path
- Conduct your own research and also get involved in our scientific studies at the university
- Opportunity to go on an international field trip to learn about conservation issues in the developing world (currently in West Africa) If you want a start a successful career in wildlife conservation, our course will teach you everything you need to earn a great degree and become a professional in the field.
Course study options
We also offer this course with a year-long placement.
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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Our programme examines the theory and practice of animal conservation science by studying ecology, threats to biodiversity, animal behaviour, conservation genetics, wildlife management and behavioural ecology.
- Year 1 - You will build knowledge of the world's biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation through lectures and field sessions.
- Year 2 - You will learn professional-standard survey and research techniques and put these into practice during a fieldwork module, which you can take in the UK or abroad (currently West Africa). You are also introduced to studies of behaviour and genetics in a conservation context and to a range of optional modules, including GIS and environmental change biology.
- Year 3 - You undertake a year-long research project and receive training in the behavioural ecology of animals and wildlife management. Additionally, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theory and practice of animal conservation science. These include conservation strategies, contemporary issues in conservation, and advanced GIS and remote sensing.
If you decide to transfer onto our BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (with Sandwich Placement), you will also have the option to take a year-long academic/vocational placement between years three and four (for an academic placement, you must maintain an Upper Second Class Honours profile).
- Introduction to Conservation Biology
- Conservation Skills and Practice
- Animal Biology
- Biodiversity I
- Biodiversity II
- Introduction to Ecology
- Biodiversity Monitoring (to ensure the teaching is seasonally appropriate, part of this
module will be taught at the end of Year 1)
- Conservation Genetics
- Evolution and Biogeography
- Animal Behaviour
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand), one of:
- Geographic Information System
- Valuing the Environment
- Global Change Biology
- Applied Field Studies (to ensure the teaching is seasonally appropriate, part of this
module will be taught at the end of Year 2)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- Behavioural Ecology
- Wildlife Management
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand), one of:
- Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
- Conservation Practice
- Contemporary Issues in Conservation
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
- 96 - 112 UCAS tariff points including A2 in Biology. We can also accept BTEC/City and Guild Extended Diploma in Animal Management. 16 pts can be from other tariff-based qualifications.
- GCSE in English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 (or above).
Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.
Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. We also offer Integrated Foundation Year programmes to support your return to education which are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
Going to higher education can transform a person’s life. We use contextual admissions to make sure that we are accessible to everyone who has the potential to succeed. Qualifications and grades are important, but they are considered alongside other information that helps universities to identify potential and widen access to university level study. For some individuals, the disadvantages they have experienced in their life mean that they have not been able to demonstrate their full academic potential. Where a person lives and their personal circumstances can all affect their educational attainment. We take this context into account and look for an applicant’s potential when making admission decisions. For 2021 the University of Cumbria will make offers to applicants that live in postal code regions with the lowest participation in Higher Education (Polar 4 quintile 1 and 2 – you can check your postcode here https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/search-by-postcode ) Care leavers and mature students returning to education we will make an offer at the bottom of any UCAS Tariff range. Attendance at our Masterclasses and Summer Schools will also allow applicants to receive an offer lower within the tariff range. Find out more about our events at but must meet the terms and conditions of these events.
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
Tuition fees for Home students
The following tuition fees are for UK students and student with Home Fee Status, studying undergraduate courses in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years (between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2022).
|BA, BSc, BEng or LLB||£9,250|
|DipHE or CertHE||£9,250|
|FdA or FdSc||£9,250|
|BA, BSc with integrated foundation year||£6,000 (year 1)
BA or BSc fee for the year of study applies in years 2-4
|Sandwich or placement year||£1,650. Fee payable by students who enrol in 2020/21 or 2021/22 for their sandwich or placement year|
|BA, BSc, BEng or LLB - accelerated 2 year degree||£11,100|
Please note: These fees apply to the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years only* and may be subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study. * The sandwich or placement year fees stated above apply to students who enrol in 2020/21 or 2021/22 for their sandwich or placement year
Paying your fees
If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing after you have had your loan approved - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the student finance section.
If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at email@example.com.
Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students’ university and personal email accounts.
The tuition fees for part-time courses are based on the full-time fee. It may be calculated either pro-rata or by module, depending on the type of course. To confirm whether your course is modular or pro-rata, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most part-time students are invoiced by module shortly after the start of each module. If your programme allows the extension of study beyond the standard period of enrolment, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you.
The tuition fee payable for each module is based on the full-time fee for the relevant year of study. These fees represent the cost of studying for 120 credits in a year. For example, in 2021/22, where the full-time fee is £9,250, each 10 credit module will cost £771. The tuition fee payable for modules may increase by inflation each year.
Some courses are calculated on a pro-rata basis, by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it will take to complete. Please note that some course fees may be subject to inflation.
Paying your fees
Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing once your loan is approved - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the below.
If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to student’s university and personal email accounts.
You may be eligible for support depending on your residency status, including a loan to help with the cost of university fees. There are two types of loans you may be able to apply for - tuition fee and maintenance loans. Please visit direct.gov for more information
Tuition fee loans
Funding bodies offer loans up to the full value of your course as well as support with living costs. This is paid directly to the university each year, and is not usually dependent on your household income, however it may be restricted if you have previously studied at higher education level.
When applying for your student loans, you will need to apply online to the relevant student funding authority for the area in which you live. Please see gov.uk for further information on your funding organisation.
Your loan application is likely to take around 8 weeks to finalise so it is important to complete your application as soon as possible. We recommend completing your application by the end of May (new students) or June (continuing students) to avoid any delays in receiving your funding.
You may be able to apply for a maintenance loan to assist with meeting living costs such as food, accommodation and travel expenses. For students normally living in England, these are normally paid in three instalments throughout the university year directly to your bank account.
Depending on household income, students who normally live in England may be able to apply for the following amounts. If your home address is outside England, please visit the gov.uk webpage for your local funding organisation, for more information.
|Living at Home||Up to £7,747||Up to £7,987|
|Living away from home (outside of London)||Up to £9,203||Up to £9,488|
|Living away from home (in London)||Up to £12,010||Up to £12,382|
|Studying abroad (for 1 year)||Up to £10,539||Up to £10,866|
You can work out how much of a loan you are entitled to apply for using the Student Finance Calculator.
Repaying your loan
Graduates with a home address in England, who have a student loan, only start repaying their loan the April after graduation or leaving their course and once they earn over the threshold, which is £26,575 per year.
You only pay 9% of anything you earn above that amount. If you don't earn more than the threshold, you won't pay anything.
Here's what your monthly repayments could look like:
|Annual income before tax||Monthly salary||Monthly repayment|
If your income changes, the amount you repay will change too, this happens automatically.
If you stop working, or start to earn below the repayment threshold, your repayments will stop until you earn over the threshold.
You’ll make a repayment if you go over the weekly or monthly threshold at any point during the year, for example, if you get a bonus or work overtime. You can request a refund at the end of the tax year if your total income was below the annual repayment threshold. After 30 years, any outstanding loan is written off.
If your home address is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, visit Gov.uk for more information about making repayments.
These loans attract interest, which is charged at different rates depending on your earnings. For more details on interest rates, please visit the Gov.uk website
For students normally resident in the UK, tuition fee loans are available for students studying for their first higher education qualification, which is at least 25% of the intensity of the equivalent full-time course. CPD students may also be eligible for a loan based on level of study, intensity of the course and prior study. Visit gov.uk website for more information and eligibility criteria.
Tuition fee loans are not means-tested and you can apply for up to the maximum amount of your fees, which is £6,935 in 2020/21 and 2021/22. Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the university so you don’t have to worry about arranging payment.
Eligible courses for part-time tuition fee loans include:
- a first degree, for example BA, BSc or BEd
- a Foundation Degree
- a Certificate of Higher Education
- a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
- an Initial Teacher Training course
- an integrated master’s degree
Part-time Maintenance Loans
Part Time students normally resident in the UK, who started an eligible course on or after 1 August 2018 can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with their day-to-day living costs, such as rent or food. The Maintenance Loan is paid directly to your bank account, in three instalments, usually at the start of each term.
For more information about funding for part-time study, visit Gov.uk
For more guidance on applying for a student loan, visit the Student Room's Student Finance Zone.
Repaying your Part-time loan
Part-time students will have to repay any loans you borrow, but not until the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course – whichever comes first – and, only then, if your income is over the repayment threshold.
How much you repay each month depends on your income, not how much you borrowed.
You will repay 9% of your income over the repayment threshold, which is currently £26,575 a year, £2,214 a month or £511 a week. If your income drops below the threshold, your repayments will stop automatically.
You will be charged interest from the day your first student finance payment is made until your loan has been repaid in full or cancelled. The interest rate is based on the UK Retail Price Index (RPI) and will vary depending on your circumstances. For more details on interest rates, please visit www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan
What if I've studied before?
Students enrolling on a Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course in England may qualify for a student loan even if they have accessed student loan funding for other programmes in the past. This is subject to eligibility.
If you have undertaken any other previous Higher Education study, it is important to be aware that this can sometimes have an impact on the student funding, including tuition fee loans, available to you when you start a new course. For more information, visit the gov.uk webpage.
This is a complex area. If you are not sure of your entitlement to funding, it is really important that you seek advice from your funding organisation or with a Student Money Adviser who can clarify exactly how your previous study will impact on your future student funding entitlement.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Cumbria Bursary (first year undergraduate students)
The Cumbria Bursary is our targeted financial support package for 1st year ‘home’ undergraduate students studying a qualifying course who are commencing their studies in the 2021/22 academic year. It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000.
The Cumbria Bursary is provided through a fixed number of allocated awards and uses a scored prioritisation process to impartially rank all eligible applicants (with household incomes of less than £25,000 per annum). We award bursaries to those with the highest scores.
These awards are worth £1,000 per year of full-time study or £500 per year of part-time study, for a maximum of 5 years (part-time) for students entering onto full time or substantive part-time* undergraduate programmes.
A proportion of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2021, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined here.
*Part-time students must be studying at least 50% of a full-time equivalent course and registered on a minimum three-year course.
Social Work bursary
It is possible for some undergraduate Social Work students to receive a bursary to support their studies in their second or subsequent years. The number of people who can get a bursary is limited (or capped), therefore there is no guarantee you’ll receive a bursary in your 2nd year. The university will provide a shortlist of students to the NHSBSA who will then assess bursary applications. Full details, including the eligibility criteria, are available on the NHSBSA website.
Progression Scholarship (first year undergraduate students from partner colleges)
If you are a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Partnership Progression Scholarships offered to those applying to the University immediately after Further Education:
- Blackburn College
- Bury College
- Carlisle College
- Doncaster College
- Furness College
- Kendal College
- Lakes College West Cumbria
- Lancaster and Morecambe College
- Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College
- Northumberland College
- Southport College
We have a fixed number of Progression Scholarships for students starting study in the 2021/22 academic year.
The awards are worth £500 in total; these non-repayable grants are paid directly to your bank account in the first year only. The Progression Scholarship can be received alongside the Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.
Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS) - Armed forces personnel
We are proud to be a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. ELCAS is a scheme run by the Ministry of Defence to provide financial support to Armed Forces personnel (both serving and service leavers) to study a course at university.
If you have special circumstances, you may be able to get additional funding to help support you during your course from Student Finance England.
For students with children
- Parents’ Learning Allowance - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £1,821
- Childcare Grant - means-tested on household income. A maximum of 85% of your weekly childcare costs may be paid on your behalf, up to £179.62 per week for one child and £307.95 per week for two or more children.
For students with adult dependants
- Adult Dependants’ Grant - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £3,190
For students with a disability or specific learning difficulty
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) — students with a disability or specific learning difficulty may be eligible to receive help towards enabling costs; e.g. non-medical helper, specialist equipment etc.
New Student Funding for Health Courses
Learning Support Fund
The NHS Learning Support Fund offers students starting a Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:
- a Training Grant for all eligible students of £5,000 per academic year
- Parental Support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs (this used to be called Child Dependants Allowance)
- reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
- Exceptional Support Fund for students experiencing financial hardship
For further details visit the NHSBSA website here.
There is an additional £1,000 a year available to new students from September 2020. This additional payment is to prioritise shortage groups that are key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.
The specialist subject payment includes students on courses for:
- mental health nursing
- learning disability nursing
- radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
- prosthetics and orthotics
- orthoptics and podiatry
Combined courses that include one of these shortage courses are also eligible. For example, adult and mental health nursing, will also qualify for the £1,000 payment. There will also be a regional incentive payment of up to £1,000. Further details of this will be confirmed soon.
Both the specialist subject and regional incentive payments will be added to your NHSLSF account automatically when you apply for the Training Grant.
For further details and a full list of eligible courses, visit the NHSBSA web page here.
Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to qualify for extra funding. There are a number of different Awards and Funds that might be helpful should you require financial aid.
Visit our support funds page for more details.
Funding from Charitable Trusts
Use the Turn2us grant search to check whether you qualify for funding from a charitable trust.
From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.
Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.
Paying your accommodation fees
At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.
Updates for EU, EEA & Swiss Students
The (Brexit) transition period ended on 31 December 2020; the UK has now left the European Union.
Fees for 2020/21
If you are a European student joining a programme between January and July 2021, you will still be eligible to pay home (UK) tuition fees. Please see the Home Students Tab for more information.
Fees for 2021/22
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National with Settled or Pre-Settled Status in the UK you will still be eligible to pay Home fees and have access to Student Finance England tuition loans.
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National living overseas you will be classified as "Overseas" for fees purposes from 1st September 2021.
The University of Cumbria wishes to support European students affected by this change in status through this transition period. We will award an (automatic) FEE REDUCTION SCHOLARSHIP to all eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2021 or January 2022, which brings your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students. This will apply for the duration of your course.
To receive the EU fee reduction scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be classified as ‘overseas’ for fees purposes.
- Be an EU/EEA/Swiss national on 1 September (2021) before the start of the programme.
Fees for 2022/23
A decision on the level of fee for EU/EEA/Swiss students starting their course with us in September 2022 has not yet been made.
This information does not apply to apprenticeships. Please see our Apprenticeship pages for more information.
Tuition fees for international students
The following tuition fees are for undergraduate students starting studying in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years (between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2022).
|Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, LLB)||£10,500†||£12,800†|
|BA (Hons) Social Work||£15,500†||£15,500†|
|Health pre-registration programmes||£15,500†|
|DipHE or CertHE||£10,500†||£12,800†|
|BA or BSc with integrated foundation year||£7,500 (year 1)†
BA or BSc fee for the year of study applies in years 2-4
|Sandwich or placement year||£1,650. Fee payable by students who enrol in 2019/20 or 2020/21 for their sandwich or placement year||£1,650. Fee payable by students who enrol in 2021/22 for their sandwich or placement year|
|BA, BSc, BEng or LLB - accelerated 2 year degree||£12,600†||£15,300†|
|Foundation degree (FdA, FdSc)||£10,500†||£12,800†|
|Pre-sessional English (6 weeks)||£1,625||£1,625|
|Pre-sessional English (12 weeks)||£3,275||£3,275|
† An early payment discount is available for international students.
Please note: These fees apply to the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years only* and may be subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study. * The sandwich or placement year fees stated above apply to students who enrol in 2019/20 or 2020/21 for their sandwich or placement year.
Fee Deposit Policy
Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the substantive programme fee plus the full amount of any pre-sessional fees. Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.
Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:
- name of the programme and academic year for which the sponsorship applies
- amount of sponsorship (for example, full fees or specified amount in pounds sterling)
- your full name (as stated on your passport)
- your student identification number
- address and named contact to which the University of Cumbria should send the invoice
- full name and address of the sponsoring institution
Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.
If a student on the 12-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 12-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the minimum payment 50% of the fees for the substantive programme will not be repaid.
A refund of the 50% minimum payment will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for non-fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)), together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with UKVI.
Where the university decides to make a refund of the minimum payment, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Please note refunds can take 3-4 weeks to arrive in your bank. Refunds will not be made if the visa application is refused, or a CAS is withdrawn, on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.
Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.
Paying your tuition fees
After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or follow our instalment plan. It will be denoted in your offer letter how much you need to pay for the first year of the course.
An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee before the CAS is issued (or in limited cases by registration). The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.
If your offer letter denotes you can pay via deposit and then in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included. For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.
If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.
Planning your finances
Studying in a different country is a big financial investment, so you need to ensure you have everything planned when it comes to spending your money.
There are many points to consider before submitting your application, such as food, accommodation and other day-to-day expenses.
We recommend that you budget at least £7,500 for an academic year in the UK. This will include your accommodation and living expenses. To help you plan effectively, we suggest using the online International Student Calculator to set a proper budget for your academic life.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with the University you need to provide evidence of minimum funds that will be available to you. Please see UKVI requirements on their website in the “Tier 4 of the points based system: policy guidance” booklet. You will also find details of UKVI’s current requirements for the evidence you will need to provide during your application.
From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.
Paying for your accommodation
If you choose to stay in university accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250.
After you have made the pre-payment, and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.
Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation in full with the contract.
Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.
If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The following PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
Resources and facilities
We are the only UK university to teach conservation on a campus located within a national park. The Lake District is home to many of the UK's most iconic and endangered wildlife species, including ospreys, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and endangered coldwater fish such as Atlantic salmon and Arctic charr. You'll have access to a diverse range of ecosystems, including Atlantic oak forests, heather moorlands, lakes, tarns, brooks and more.
Our on-campus facilities include research and teaching labs, IT equipment and a library with a broad range of digital and hardcopy resources. Most of our teaching staff are actively involved in conservation research in the UK and abroad, and their research allows for students to get involved with scientific studies.
All of this means we can offer state-of-the-art learning facilities, combined with hands-on teaching in wildlife and habitats, giving you everything you need to enhance your studies to their peak.