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Conservation Biology University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Why should we conserve biodiversity? How can we manage and restore habitats? With a hands-on approach, we’ll give you the scientific tools to address these issues, developing your understanding of plant and animal biodiversity in the UK and abroad. Develop your knowledge of key areas such as population ecology, evolutionary processes, behavioural ecology, conservation genetics and habitat management, and prime yourself for a career in ecology, conservation or environmental monitoring.

This programme focuses on conservation in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments. You will experience two compulsory overseas residential field courses in years one (Spain) and two (Mexico), giving you first-hand experience of a range of ecosystems in other parts of the world. There’s no extra to pay: it’s all included within your tuition fees. You’ll participate in an optional work placement year, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real world context.

  • Explore the varied natural habitats for fieldwork on our doorstep in Devon and Cornwall.

  • Experience two compulsory overseas residential field courses in years 1 (Spain) and 2 (Mexico), giving you first-hand experience of a range of ecosystems in other parts of the world. There’s no extra to pay: it’s all included within your tuition fees.

  • Benefit from enthusiastic, committed, and approachable staff whose expertise is endorsed with years of research and work in the private conservational sector - 100 per cent of students said that staff were good at explaining things.

  • Benefit from our strong links with local organisations such as Paignton Zoo, the Eden Project, the Devon Wildlife Trust and Dartmoor National Park, along with various countryside management teams.

  • Equip yourself with the academic background and skills training for careers in ecology, conservation, environmental monitoring and habitat management.

LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources.

  • Boost your practical skills using our specialised facilities including controlled environment chambers, experimental glasshouses, and an electron microscopy unit.

Course details

Modules

Year 1:

In your first year, you’ll establish a solid foundation in ecology, biodiversity, natural history, taxonomy, genetics, evolution, microbiology, animal and plant physiology, and animal behaviour. You will gain essential practical field skills through local field trips and a residential course in southern Spain. You’ll also begin to develop useful personal and transferable skills through individual and one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor.

Year 2:

You will develop a deeper understanding of animal behaviour, population and community ecology, population genetics, and ecosystem monitoring. You will also tailor your skills ready for the workplace, by specialising through optional modules in aquatic systems or plant-environment interactions. During an overseas field course to Mexico (which is included in your tuition fees), where you will experience a wide range of ecosystems from mangroves to rainforests, you will put these concepts into context, developing your practical and transferable skills,

Final Year:

Your personal research project forms a major part of your final year. Alongside this, you’ll build on advanced skills and concepts in biological disciplines as well as skills in applied conservation biology. You’ll select modules from a range of options including plant biotechnology, environmental policy, global change biology, behavioural ecology, marine vertebrate ecology and conservation and biodiversity, which will prepare you as a conservation biologist ready to enter the workplace.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

36% of assessment is by exam, 60% by coursework and 4% practical assessment

Professional bodies

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  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 128 points To include A level Biology/Environmental Science/Environmental Studies and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C. Exclude General Studies
A level 112 to 128 UCAS points to include A level Biology/Environmental Science/Environmental Studies and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C. Exclude General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD - DDM Depending upon subject and modules within
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access, 45 at Level 3, 33 at Merit/Distinction to include 12 in Biology with Merit, remainder should be in science with Merit or above. Maths and English GCSE at C/4 or above.
Scottish Higher 112 to 128 UCAS points to include Advanced Highers Biology/Environmental and a second relevant science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths)
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Considered in combination
AS Considered in combination
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Considered in combination
Extended Project OK to consider points in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include 5 @ HL Biology and 5 @ HL in a second relevant science. Maths and English accepted within
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 - H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 To include Biology/Environmental and a second relevant science.(Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths)

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Considered in combination
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) OK to consider points alongside relevant A Levels
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Considered in combination

Must have GCSE Maths and English grade C /4 or above


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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