Our specialist Conservation Biology pathway enables you to develop your skills in a contemporary and practical degree. You’ll study the latest practical technique for studying conservation with a particular emphasis on the real world and its constraints.
You’ll graduate with skills tailored for the practical job market, well placed for a career in environmental / ecology consultancy, research or further study in conservation.
All Biology students cover a broad range of fundamental biology topics from cell biology and genetics to plant, animal and human biology. In additional to these core topics, you’ll take specialised modules in conservation biology, gaining a range of appropriate knowledge and skills.
The course is ‘real-world’ focused, you’ll graduate as a professional biologist prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–300 UCAS Tariff points with minimum 80 points from a relevant science subject such as biology, chemistry, human biology, environmental science or social biology.
The first year focusses on fundamental topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution, classification, food production and ecosystems. Associated practical classes give you hand-on experience of these concepts. You’ll also study a biodiversity and conservation module to develop your knowledge and skills in many contemporary themes of plant and animal conservation. You may choose to study modules in human biology, biochemistry, nutrition or earth science.
The second year covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll also consider important concepts in biology such as ethics, biosecurity, genetics and technology. Additional topics you can study include ecology, biodiversity monitoring, environmental sustainability, biodiversity and microbiology. Modules in business, psychology and science publishing are also available.
There is an optional Sandwich Year in Professional Practice between your second and final year, giving you the opportunity to put your classroom knowledge and skills into practice and experience a relevant job.
You’ll carry out a dissertation in the final year. This substantial research project gives you the experience of being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a conservation biology topic. In addition you may study topics in nature conservation, animal behaviour, marine biology, digital imaging and plant biology. Modules in business, psychology and science publishing are also available.
Biology graduates have a range of professions including environmental consultant, wildlife trust warden, livestock manager and science technician. Graduates have been employed by companies including Nicholas Pearson Associates, New Zealand Department of Conservation and RSPB.
100% of Biology students are in work or further study after 6 months of graduation.
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