BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology (with placement)


Course code C151

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Course code C151

Key course details

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

Prepare yourself for a career conserving biodiversity and managing protected areas in the UK or abroad. Our course will give you the know-how you need to succeed.

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

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 study 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 conservation movement.

  • You’ll be studying 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
  • 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
  • You will use cutting-edge technology, including geographic information systems and digital mapping technologies – a key skill desired by employers
  • Your 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
  • You can conduct your own research but can also get involved in our scientific studies
  • You will have the 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 gives you the academic and practical skills that you will need 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 a sandwich placement.

Standard course option

Graduate destinations

By developing real-world skills with practical courses, you will stand out amongst your peers when it comes to job hunting. The knowledge you learn will help you gain employment in conservation, science and outdoors-related areas, or enable you to continue your studies at a higher level.

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