Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on a course where the Lake District – one of the UK’s oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom.
Learning and living in this inspiring environment, you’ll be discovering many of the UK’s most iconic and endangered wildlife, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here.
Our course offers a four-year 'sandwich-route mode' of study, which will allow you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year. You'll get the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus, as well as understand how your degree can help you in gaining a career.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
You’ll live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species – including ospreys, freshwater pearl mussels, red squirrels and Atlantic salmon - a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests (Britain’s own rainforest).
Plus, our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad, provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects.
We’re the only UK university with a campus within a national park
You’ll learn and study conservation where it happens
You’ll use cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA analysis and digital mapping technologies – key skills desired by employers
You’ll have access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment – including 60 camera traps
You have the opportunity to work alongside organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Taught by tutors involved in international research, which informs your learning
Flexible modules to shape your course towards your intended career path
Conduct your own research but you can also get involved in our scientific studies
Our course is designed by experts, who are well-known in the research of animal conservation science. You’ll be taught by academic tutors with years of practical experience working in the field. So, if you want a successful career in wildlife conservation, this course will teach you everything you need to become a professional in the field.
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
The first year builds 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. In the second year, you learn professional-standard survey and research techniques which you put into practice during a fieldwork module, currently delivered in either West Africa or India. 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. Between the second and third taught years there is the option of a year-long academic/vocational placement (you must maintain an Upper Second Class Honours profile to take an academic placement). If you do the three year degree, you may opt for a shorter placement in second year. In the third taught year you undertake a year- long research project; in addition, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theor
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You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||including Biology at Level 3|
|A level||C C C - B B C|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM - DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 15 credits
M: 30 credits
|Must be Science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3|
|Scottish Higher||B B C C - A B B B|
GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|