University of Greenwich

Animal Conservation and Biodiversity University of Greenwich Degree level: Undergraduate


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The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation and Biodiversity programme is geared to produce honours graduates who are capable of progression to employment in animal conservation organisations, associated occupations such as working for ecological consultancies, or into research and development roles. Many graduates continue onto postgraduate Masters or PhD programmes in their chosen specialism.

The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation & Biodiversity programme will:
• Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of animal conservation and biodiversity, current issues and best practice in the field, with the associated underpinning biological, technical and welfare concepts and paradigms.
• Develop students’ intellectual, practical and transferable key skills (further detailed below in skills and experience gained section), including an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to study, whilst encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
• Work closely with employers within the animal conservation sector to meet the regional (and wider) industry’s needs to produce graduates with the required knowledge, understanding, practical capability and skills as well as transferable employability skills.
• The programme aims to achieve a balance between academic and vocational experience whereby students can achieve their full potential and enhance their employment and career opportunities both within the UK and globally
Although firmly grounded in animal sciences, as a vocationally relevant honours degree this programme provides successful graduates with a broad range of career choices. The programme provides a high quality, knowledge and skills-based experience, with many opportunities for students to engage in volunteering with local employers and conservation organisations. This enables newly qualified graduates to move into many career paths found within the ecology and animal conservation sector.

All students on the honours degree programme undertake a final year project on an ecological or animal conservation theme of their choice under the supervision of highly qualified members of staff with many years of experience in the animal conservation sector.

Teaching facilities and resources include a state-of-the-art animal management unit containing over 100 domestic, wild and exotic species and a 250ha estate which is heavily utilised for practical field surveys involving a range of wild animal species and habitats. Students can continue with independent study in the dedicated HE Study Centre and access a range of specialist resources in the college’s Learning Resource Centre at the heart of the campus.

Course details


Year 1
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Concepts in Conservation (15 credits)
Concepts in Animal Husbandry (15 credits)
Concepts in Ecology (15 credits)
Research Skills (15 credits)
Concepts in Animal Behaviour (15 credits)
Wildlife Welfare and Conservation Ethics (15 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
Animal Evolution and Taxonomy (15 credits)
Year 2
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Industry Experience and Skills Development (15 credits)
Conservation Technology (15 credits)
Wildlife and Landscape Conservation (15 credits)
Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues (15 credits)
Breeding Management and Genetics (15 credits)
Field Survey Skills (15 credits)
Statistics for the Animal Sciences (15 credits)
Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Animal Health and Disease Management (15 credits)
Exotic Collection Management (15 credits)
Year 3
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Honours Project for the Animal Sciences (30 credits)
Conservation and Tourism (15 credits)
Animal/Human Conflict Resolution (15 credits)
Current Issues for the Animal Sciences (15 credits)
Geographical Information Systems for the Animal Sciences (15 credits)
Professional Ecological Skills (15 credits)
Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Behavioural Ecology (15 credits)
Animal Ecology and Global Environmental Change (15 credits)

Assessment method

Each course is assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and (where appropriate) end of course examinations and assessments. Mixed media and emerging technologies are utilised fully where appropriate.

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

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Course code DC41
Institution code G70
Campus name University Centre Hadlow
Campus code H

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level CCC Preferably one in a science based subject

All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science and have spent two years studying at Level 3.

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements who have acquired relevant skills and experience are considered on a case by case basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,630 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,630 Year 1
Scotland £8,630 Year 1
Wales £8,630 Year 1

Additional fee information

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University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
SE10 9LS

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