Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year) full-time
UCAS code: CD13, CD14 (with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Ecology and Conservation Practice degree is ideally suited to those wishing to work in the fields of wildlife management or conservation.

Our Ecology and Conservation Practice degree is designed to help you develop the skills and insights required for effective conservation in the coming decades. You will get to work from our Science Centre, with our own nature reserve next door.

The course is ideally suited to people wishing to work in wildlife management or conservation and help sustain and protect the planet for generations to come. You will acquire the skills and knowledge of a scientific practitioner through experience-based activities, designed around a core programme of practical exercises and workshops, supported by lecture material. Fieldwork is incorporated throughout and you’ll take part in individual and small group tutorials to help personalise your development and enable valuable one-to-one feedback.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Practice

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll refine your understanding of core scientific areas, including ecology, evolution, animal diversity and comparative behaviour. In your second year, you’ll study adaption and survival, behaviour, ecology of habitats, animal survey and identification skills, and attend a residential field course. This will  help you to develop your field-based research and identification skills, gaining experience in key habitat survey techniques. You’ll progress as an independent researcher by completing your professional practice placement.

If you are following the BSc (Hons) route, you can opt for the sandwich version of this course, where the placement opportunity with a relevant graduate organisation lasts a whole year. In Year 3, your emphasis will be on developing your academic expertise in conservation biology and habitat management, invertebrate and vertebrate conservation, animal health and welfare. You’ll also complete an independent piece of research.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Principles of Ecology Compulsory
Comparative Behaviour Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Animal Diversity and Fieldcourse Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Adaptation and Survival Compulsory
Ecology of Habitats Compulsory
Animal Survey and Identification Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Adaptation and Survival Compulsory
Ecology of Habitats Compulsory
Animal Survey and Identification Skills Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Vertebrate Conservation Compulsory
Habitat Management Compulsory
Animal Health and Welfare Compulsory
Applied Entomology Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Conservation Compulsory
Vertebrate Conservation Compulsory
Practical Conservation Project Optional
Photography for Life Sciences Optional
Teaching Bioscience: Public Engagement and Communication Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.