BSc Ecology and Conservation


This pathway offered by the Department of Geographical and Life Sciences, enables students to specialise in the science of ecology and conservation. Students experience a broad-based multidisciplinary programme with opportunities that span the traditional disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology as well as courses from Geography.

Year 1 (Level 4)

In the first year, students will be given a general foundation in the sciences which will prepare them for the more specialist courses at levels 2 and 3. Courses studied will include Core Science; People Nature and Place; Discovering Geography; The Organism and its Environment plus The Physical Environment

Year 2 (Level 5)

At level 2, All students must take Evolution; The Earth as a Planetary System; Biogeography; Environment and Development and a selection of one two or three courses from Control Systems 1; Control Systems 2; Chemistry; Molecular Biology; Geomorphology; GIS and Understanding Past Climate Change.

Year 3 (Level 6)

farming landscape

At level 3, students must take Practical Ecology; Ecology and Conservation; Individual Study and Countryside Care and Conservation and none one or two from. Pests, Parasites and Pathogens; Energy Society and the Environment; Pollution; Sense and Perception; Regions of Risk; Advanced GIS and Applied Physical Geography

At both 2nd and 3rd year levels, students will be able to discuss an appropriate programme of study with their tutors.

For those without appropriate entry qualifications, Ecology and Conservation may be taken as a four year degree, beginning with the one year full-time Science Foundation.