Wildlife Conservation and Countryside Management at Royal Agricultural University - UCAS

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The effective conservation of species, ecosystems and natural resources is vital for future sustainable development, and the need for conservation professionals is ever increasing. On this course you will gain the academic knowledge, applied ecological theory and extensive hands on field experience needed to manage habitats and conserve wildlife. You will also enrich your knowledge by exploring wider topics such as rewilding, environmental issues, agri-environment schemes, and the work of conservation organisations. With this combination of academic knowledge, practical skills and work experience, it’s no wonder that our graduates have gone on to work for prestigious organisations such as The Wildlife Trust, The National Trust and The Forestry Commission. Course structure You will gain practical rural skills training through our Rural Innovation Centre at Harnhill Manor Farm with the cost included in the tuition fee. Right from your first year, you will gain grounding in work-related situations as well as academic study before developing a deeper understanding of the key issues in your second year. You will be assessed through field reports, research projects, examinations, case studies, portfolios, presentations and practical skills. Work placement and industry relevance You will complete a 30-day work placement usually during the summer between your first and second year. This will give you essential skills and experience of wildlife and environmental management activities within the sector. There are numerous field visits to conservation sites and organisations. Previous destinations include Knepp Estate to study rewilding, Rhossili Bay for coastal management, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew for plant conservation, and many more, as well as regular local nature reserve and farmland visits.


Year one 1007 Soil and Environmental Science 1421 Species and Ecosystems 1422 Ecosystem Services and Sustainability 1430 Wildlife Ecology and Survey 1431 Wildlife Handling, ethics and conservation 1434 Introduction to Environment, Wildlife and Heritage 1436 Practical Conservation Skills & Work Placement Year two 2136 Landscape Conservation 2349 Resilience of Agroecosystems 2360 Supervisory Skills & Volunteer Management 2361 Habitat Classification & Management 2362 Environmental data and research skills 2363 Biodiversity Conservation 2365 Education, recreation and access 2366 Conservation Science Study Tour Disclaimer information The University has established various rules and regulations that you must agree to and follow if you accept an offer to study with us. View our full disclaimer notice.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15300 Year 1
International £15300 Year 1

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Wildlife Conservation and Countryside Management at Royal Agricultural University - UCAS