Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Biology and Conservation

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Course summary

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On our Animal Biology and Conservation degree you will study conservation ecology, evolution and developmental biology. And try to answer questions such as: "How do we best conserve rare and endangered animal species?", "What adaptations help animals cope with life in changing environments?", and "How can conservation respond to climate change?" Laboratory and fieldwork are a core part of the degree with the option to put your skills into practice through overseas fieldwork in France and Devon. You will develop excellent skills such as: research practice, data collection and analysis, research presentation skills and animal identification and survey techniques required by conservation practitioners. We have great links with regional environmental organisations and local employers. We help to provide exciting work placements and career opportunities for our students. Our students have gone on to work with conservation trusts, government agencies, wildlife centres and zoos.

Course details


Year 1 provides a foundation in diversity and evolution, ecology, physiology, cell and molecular biology. You will develop skills in laboratory and field working, data handling, statistics and information technology. Year 2 and the final year include in-depth study of animal behaviour, animal evolutionary development, threatened species, habitat management and field biology skills, including identification, surveying and licensing. You can also take a modern language each year and study abroad for a semester or year. The course offers work experience and final-year project modules to give you the chance to gain invaluable professional experience, and can also help you make useful links with potential future employers. Work experience placements include the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Shotover Country Park and the spin-out company WildKnowledge Ltd. Students also have opportunities to work with our research groups and our not-for-profit organisation, Environmental Information Exchange.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

IELTS 6.0 to include 6 in Reading, 6 in Writing, 5.5 in Speaking, 5.5 in Listening

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points 1 science required (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Maths, PE, Psychology).
A level 1 science required (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Maths, PE, Psychology).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTECs in the following subjects will be considered: Animal Management, Applied Science, Countryside Management, Forensic Science, Health and Social Care, Sport.
Access to HE Diploma 12 x Level 3 credits in a science subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points A science subject at Higher level is required. Maths Standard Level - Grade 4 English Standard Level - Grade 4
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths - Grade 4 GCSE English - Grade 4 GCSE Science - Grade 4

IELTS 6.0 overall. Reading 6.0. Writing 6.0. Listening 5.5. Speaking 5.5.

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 £14800 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that tuition fees may increase in subsequent years for both new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for new and returning Home and EU students. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.
Animal Biology and Conservation at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS