BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology


Course code C150

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Course code C150

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 3 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 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.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

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

  • Study on our Lake District Campus in Ambleside, which hosts the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, a world-class research hub for nature conservation
  • Excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects, thanks to our strong links with conservation organisations in the UK and abroad
  • Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment to prepare you for your career in conservation
  • 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 ensures your learning is current and enhanced by research
  • Class sizes are kept small so we can guide and support you personally
  • Flexible modules allow you to shape your course towards your intended career path
  • Conduct your own research but also get involved in our university-led scientific studies, to boost your knowledge and bolster your CV
  • Opportunity to go on international field trips to learn about conservation issues abroad (currently in West Africa)
  • Access to excellent on-campus facilities, including modern student spaces and a climbing wall

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 - designed by experts with years of experience working in the field - gives you the academic and practical skills that you 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 with a year-long placement.

Placement option

Graduate destinations

By developing real-world skills through 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.