Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Wildlife Conservation (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

  • Explore the Biology of animals, plants and ecosystems in the UK and around the world.
  • Learn in the field, laboratory, classroom and using new technology.
  • Engage in creative interdisciplinary approaches to help tackle one of the world’s greatest challenges.
This exciting new degree programme will give you the opportunity to learn about the lives of wild animals and plants, the challenges that they face, and how we can help to overcome these. You will explore the rapidly developing field of conservation biology, including threats and opportunities for habitat management and creation. You will learn about the biology and behaviour of animals, the importance of a variety of biomes and the different flora and fauna that they support. Then consider how we can use this understanding to aid their protection using interdisciplinary approaches. This course is rooted in Biology but will also explore social and economic issues related to Wildlife Conservation and encourage you to explore and develop brave new creative approaches to protecting the natural world. Field work will form an important part of your study as you learn through interaction with nature and practising practical skills. You will learn about the lives of animals and plants, how they function together in ecosystems across the world and the threats faced by them in the modern world. Using the beautiful Newton Park campus as a natural laboratory, supported by UK field trips you will learn about British wildlife in detail, and have the opportunity to contrast this with a different ecosystem on an international field trip. You will learn practical skills in identification and surveying, using both industry standard techniques and new approaches, and explore how we can use an understanding of human society to create positive change for wildlife. There will also be opportunities to develop your creative side, including activities such as wildlife photography and film-making. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details


Year 1 covers the fundamental concepts of Biology, Ecology, Conservation and Natural History. You will learn key scientific, practical fieldwork and communication skills that you will use throughout your degree and beyond. Year 2 introduces more applied content, and includes key research skills, work placement opportunity, environmental management, animal behaviour and an independent project. You will learn practical techniques, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), both on campus and on a residential field course. There will also be opportunities for multidisciplinary study including fields such as social economics, environmental humanities, creative arts and psychology. Year 3 - This placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment. By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title. In your final year you will learn how to put what you have learned into practice, with a focus on more specific skills needed for the workplace. You will conduct your own dissertation research project, choose between an international and UK field course, and explore how you can work with society to create change. Opportunities for multidisciplinary study will continue, allowing you to take novel approaches to conservation tailored to your interests, for example protected species studies and wildlife film making.

Assessment method

The assessments will include written coursework, practical and field work, production of digital materials, presentations and some traditional exams. Coursework will typically include practical files, laboratory reports, essays and technical reports, but also reflective blogs, filmed pieces, and resource creation. Many assessments will allow you to choose the precise focus and hence to tailor your studies around your own particular interests.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Wildlife Conservation (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS