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Course summary

Overview Get ready to deep-dive into the key concepts of ecology and discover how organisms behave, evolve and interact with their physical and biological environments – here in the UK and abroad. This course is for you if you have a scientist’s mind combined with a love of the natural world, animals, plants and ecosystems, and have the desire to uncover the natural secrets of another country as part of your degree. You’ll be fascinated by life science and how it underpins our understanding of the natural world and conservation. You might aspire to work in conservation, research, agriculture, or even conservation communication. Or you might not yet know which career path you want to take and be excited about exploring the wide range of careers open to ecologists and conservationists. About This Course This four-year course aims to give you an understanding of how life on this planet works and changes, and how organisms, plants and animal species react with one another within the ecosystems around us. You will explore topics ranging from the molecular genetics of populations, plant science and animal behaviour, to environmental management, biodiversity and conservation – and explore some of these within a socio-economic and political context. You could be discussing the theories behind evolution or behaviour in a seminar one day, and experiencing the subject first-hand in the laboratory the next. Here in the lab, you’ll develop techniques to explore ecology, from microbes and parasites to model organisms. You’ll get out into the natural environment too – gaining confidence in practical field skills, survey techniques and field projects. You can choose to join one of our residential field trips to Europe or go further afield in a sub-tropical climate (currently Kenya, eSwatini or Peru) to test your skills in a totally different environment. Your third year will see you travel again, to Australasia, North America or Europe, where you will live and study, immersed in a new culture with its intriguing ecological differences. This is an incredible opportunity to expand your thinking, make valuable connections with partner universities and see the world. You will then return to UEA to complete the final year of your degree. In your final year, you’ll take your learning to the next level by developing your own unique, independent research, working with one of our world-leading team of researchers to understand an ecological system using the latest scientific techniques. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


In Years 1, you will be introduced to many aspects of ecology with modules such Biodiversity and Global Environmental Challenges. In Year 2, you will take a mixture of compulsory modules, such as Field Ecology as well as optional modules such as Aquatic Ecology and Evolution Biology. Year 3 will be spent abroad. Our students have studied at a number of exciting universities such as the University of Sydney, Murdoch University and the University of Auckland. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to take a number of optional modules such as Social Evolution, Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology and also have the opportunity to take a field trip to East Africa.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email [email protected]

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in each component).

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £24400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
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