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Course summary

Human impact is having a devastating effect on wildlife habitats and biodiversity. Equip yourself with the skills and specialist knowledge to safeguard wildlife and make a difference with our BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation degree. Recent events such as COP26 highlight the growing concern for our natural world. We’ve designed a course that provides a broad understanding of wildlife, ecology and environmental problems threatening species, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The curriculum blends general conservation, the physical environment and landscape, as well as offering opportunities for you to study the ecology and behaviour of animals in the wild. Take your scientific knowledge and skills further Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, our course provides you with a broad understanding of wildlife, biodiversity and conservation through the lens of biological sciences. Across three years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will advance your wildlife knowledge, taking specialist modules in behavioural ecology, conservation biology and monitoring environmental change. We put fieldwork at the heart of your learning experience. You will experience field trips to zoos, animal parks and wetlands, which may include visits to Chester Zoo, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Knowsley Safari Park, Blackpool Zoo, Twycross Zoo, Dudley Zoo and Martin Mere (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust). During your studies, you will also spend time in our advanced Bodmer laboratories, and you might have opportunities to engage with live research projects. Get closer to industry Focusing on real-world issues, you will balance theoretical learning with practical skill building, both in our laboratories on campus, and through UK and international field trips, which will provide you with real world experiences. We also regularly invite wildlife professionals and practitioners to share their knowledge through guest lectures. During your studies, you will also have the option to include an industry placement between years two and three. Previous wildlife students have completed work placements both in the UK and overseas in South Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Greece and the USA, working with a wide range of animals from donkeys and wolves to seals and turtles. You can also join our award-winning wildlife student society that organises extra-curricular trips around the UK and abroad, as well as providing opportunities to get involved with volunteering and conservation projects. Features • Explore how wildlife species interact with their ecosystems and how natural and human factors have influence • Learn about the importance of biogeography and the principal factors that drive the distribution of species and communities • Experience field trip opportunities to zoos, animal parks, wetlands as you acquire the practical skills used in wildlife conservation and zoos • Understand conservation science at habitat level, and the restoration of ecosystems which have experienced human-induced deterioration • Include a conservation work placement in the UK, Europe and worldwide


Year one modules may include: Biodiversity, Genes to Ecosystems, Introduction to Zoo Biology, Field Biology, Earth Surface Processes, Study Skills. Year two modules may include: Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour, Conservation Biology, Monitoring Environmental Change, Wildlife Study and Research Skills, plus two from: Population and Community Ecology, Marine Biology, Primate Behaviour and Conservation, Animal Evolution. Year three modules may include: Wildlife and the Law, Environmental Geographical Information Systems, Habitat Conservation and Restoration, Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Applied Freshwater Biology, Animal Cognition and Social Complexity. Year three also includes a dissertation on a wildlife, conservation or zoo biology topic of your choice. Recent topics have ranged from the ecology and behaviour of sugar gliders and the social structure of chimpanzees in zoos, to the legal problems associated with proposals to introduce wolves into Scotland.

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