University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Conservation Science (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on our BSc Animal Conservation Science with Integrated Foundation Year, where the Lake District - one of the UK's oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom. Our course has been designed by experts, renowned for their research in animal conservation science. Your foundation year in Carlisle will help you reach the right level for taking the rest of the degree, laying a solid foundation of skills to build upon. For the rest of your degree you will be based in Ambleside so that you fully benefit from learning and living in this inspiring environment. You will discover many of the UK's most iconic and endangered wildlife species, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here. On the Ambleside campus, you will live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species - including ospreys, freshwater pearl mussels, red squirrels and Atlantic salmon - and a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests. Our strong links with wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects. The Ambleside campus is based close to the shores of Windermere, in the Lake District - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have access to iconic landscapes and excellent facilities, including modern student spaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, a gym and a climbing wall.

  • We are the only UK university with a campus within a national park
  • The Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas is based on our Ambleside campus and the research it produces will enhance your learning
  • You will be trained in cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA and digital mapping technologies, key skills desired by employers
  • Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment including 60 camera traps and a research boat
  • Opportunities to work alongside conservation organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • You'll be taught by a team involved in international research, which will inform your learning and provide opportunities to get involved
  • The teaching team have years of practical experience working in the field and they will bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching
  • Flexible modules enable you to shape our course towards your intended career path
  • Conduct research and get involved in scientific studies
  • Opportunity to go on an international field trip
If you want a start a successful career in wildlife conservation, our course will teach you everything you need to earn a great degree and become a professional in the field. Year 0 (Fusehill Street) - You will start by developing a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge during your that will help you progress through the course. Year 1 (Ambleside) - You will build knowledge of the world's biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation through lectures and field sessions. Year 2 (Ambleside) - You will learn professional-standard survey and research techniques and put these into practice during a fieldwork module, which you can take in the UK or abroad. You are also introduced to studies of behaviour and genetics in a conservation context and to a range of optional modules, including GIS, and freshwater or marine ecology. Year 3 (Ambleside) - You undertake a year-long research project and receive training in the behavioural ecology of animals and wildlife management. Additionally, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theory and practice of animal conservation science. These include conservation strategies, contemporary issues in conservation, and advanced GIS and remote sensing.

Course details


Foundation year - Compulsory modules: Essential Academic Skills, Essential Professional Development, Working with Data, Applied Practice, Essential Biology, Dynamic Earth. Year one - Compulsory modules: Core Scientific Skills, Introduction to Conservation Biology, Conservation Practice, Biodiversity I, Biodiversity II, Ecology, Biodiversity Monitoring - Qualificatory Practice Unit. Year two - Compulsory modules: Research Methods and Data Analysis, Biodiversity Monitoring, Evolution and Biogeography, Animal Behaviour, Conservation Genetics. Optional modules (subject to availability): Geographic Information System, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, Marine Biodiversity Assessments. Qualificatory modules: Applied Field Studies - Qualificatory Practice Unit, Qualificatory Practice Unit: Academic/Vocational Placement. Year three - Compulsory modules: Dissertation, Behavioural Ecology, Applied Field Studies. Optional modules: Conservation Strategies, Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments, Conservation in Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Genetic Applications for Conservation, Behavioural Applications for Conservation, Wildlife Management, Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

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Animal Conservation Science (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS