BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology (with integrated foundation year)

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Course code C152

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2018
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Prepare yourself for a career conserving biodiversity and managing protected areas in the UK or abroad with our BSc in Conservation Biology, which will enable you to learn all of the know-how you need to succeed in this exciting field.

We will provide you with a thorough grounding in conservation biology through the examination of conservation from the individual organism to entire habitats, landscapes, and ecosystems.

Our foundation year will help you reach the right level for taking the rest of the degree, building a solid foundation of skills from which to expand upon.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Live and learn in the heart of the Lake District National Park - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This provides you with access to some of the UK’s most iconic habitats right at your doorstep: species-rich grasslands, Atlantic oak woodlands (the UK’s own rainforest), raised bogs and wetlands and unique mountain flora and fauna.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn hands-on conservation right where it happens, backing-up your academic studies in an amazing and inspiring environment in the heartland of the UK's conservation movement.

  • Study on our Lake District Campus in Ambleside, located within a national park and World Heritage Site
  • The campus hosts the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, a world-class research hub for nature conservation,whose work will inform your learning
  • We have strong links with conservation organisations in the UK and abroad, providing you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects
  • Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment will prepare you for your career
  • Use cutting-edge technology, including geographic information systems and digital mapping technologies – a key skill desired by employers
  • Tutors are involved in national and international conservation research, which informs your teaching
  • Class sizes are kept small so we can guide and support you individually
  • Flexible modules allow you to shape your course towards your intended career path
  • Conduct your own research but can also get involved in our scientific studies
  • Opportunity to go on international field trips to learn about conservation issues abroad (currently in West Africa)

Changes in public perceptions and legislation have led to an increase in the demand for professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the conservation of species and ecosystems.

Our course has been designed by experts with years of experience working in the field. This will give you the academic and practical skills you require to secure employment in the conservation sector.

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 an integrated foundation year or with a year-long placement.

Standard course

Year-long placement

Graduate destinations

Successful completion of the foundation year will lead to an automatic enrolment into the three year BSc programme. This will help you gain a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge that will prove invaluable to those seeking a career in conservation, zoology or biology-based subjects.