Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Biology and Conservation

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Course summary

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? -How can conservation respond to climate change? Laboratory and field work are a core part of the degree. And you can put your skills into practice through field work in France and Devon. You will develop excellent skills including: -research practice -data collection and analysis -research presentation skills -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 -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

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

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)IELTS 6.0 overall. Reading 6.0. Writing 6.0. Listening 5.5. Speaking 5.5.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1900 Module
England £1155 Module
Northern Ireland £1155 Module
Scotland £1155 Module
Wales £1155 Module
Channel Islands £1155 Module
International £1900 Module

Additional fee information

Please note 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 both new and returning Home/EU students. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.

Sponsorship information

At Oxford Brookes, we have always warmly welcomed students from the EU. We deeply value the enormous contributions they make, and we will continue to do all we can to welcome EU students long into the future. We are therefore delighted to announce that we will be offering scholarships of £4,000 to all EU students who wish to join our degree programmes in the academic year 2021/22. If you meet the criteria, this scholarship will be applied automatically as a discount to your tuition fees across all years of study. For full details including eligibility criteria, please see our website at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/undergraduate-finance---eu-students/2021-22/financial-help-for-undergraduate-eu-students/

Animal Biology and Conservation at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS