Royal Agricultural University

Wildlife and Countryside Management (Top Up) Royal Agricultural University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Silver

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Interested in roles such as a Biodiversity Officer, Ecological Surveyor, or a Countryside Manager? These are just some of the routes open to you after this course, designed with organisations directly involved in conservation. Graduates have gone on to work at nationally-recognised organisations such as The Wildlife Trust, The National Trust and The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.

Studying both the big picture and the detail will help you become an effective manager of wildlife and the countryside, covering issues from ecosystem services to protected species surveys. This course brings together academic knowledge and research skills to inform sustainable management of wildlife and the countryside.

Course structure
Benefit from a course designed in partnership with Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions; including use of the Cirencester College Animal Centre with more than 80 species.

You will study three core modules and complete a Research Project. You will also choose three elective modules, tailoring your degree to your interests.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, projects, visits and demonstrations. Modules are assessed through research projects, field reports, exams, presentations and case studies.

You will have the option to undertake research in ecology and land-use in a contrasting environment on the seven to ten day Ecology Field Tour. If you choose this module, there will be a student contribution of up to £1,000, and an institutional contribution of up to £1,000. Previous destinations have included Costa Rica and Namibia.

Industry experience
Your learning will be directed by research-active lecturers and industry experts. The course has been designed with input from employers and industry to maximise your employability prospects after graduation. You will practice key skills for employment in the wildlife and countryside sector such as protected species surveys, report writing, grant applications, legislative requirements and client liaison.

Course details


Indicative Modules:

  • Countryside Management
  • Animal Ecology
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Game and Deer Management
  • Forestry and Woodland Management
  • Farmland Ecology
  • Ecology Study Tour
  • Honours Research Project

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C1D4
Institution code R54
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted

Foundation Degree or HND in cognate subject

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 none of the four elements below 5.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Royal Agricultural University
Stroud Road

Course contact details

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01285 889912