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BSc (Hons)Conservation Biology and Management

University of Stirling
United Kingdom, Stirling
Tuition fee £17,900 per year
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The world is changing. Human interference in natural environments is rapidly increasing, along with growing competition for space and resources. If you’re planning a career in Conservation Biology and Management, the University of Stirling is the perfect place to develop your understanding of the world we live in and help protect the planet.

This course will provide you with a deep understanding of the complex relationships between environments and their inhabitants. You’ll learn about the policies and management strategies that aim to safeguard the biodiversity and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend.

Stirling is a superb place to study. We’re near to diverse landscapes and can link up with more environmental and conservation organisations than anywhere else in the UK.

A great emphasis on practical training is placed, hands-on experience and preparation for a wide range of careers in conservation. Fieldwork is an essential and enjoyable part of this degree course. Stirling’s campus location is an ideal base from which to make field excursions, whether to study lekking Black Grouse in the Highlands, the growth of trees on the sides of the Ochil Hills, or the distribution of animals on the Forth Estuary. You will also have the choice of three overseas field trips, currently based in Portgual, Spain and Gabon. The inspiring 7-day field ecology and animal biology course in the CERES Field Centre in Aljezur, Portugal, introduces students to the process of designing, conducting and analysing your own scientific project. Students attending the week-long field course in Spain stay near Almeria, one of the driest parts of Europe. Through a series of excursions and intensive field projects students will examine environmental processes in arid environments. Students visiting Lope National Park in Gabon will be introduced to the real-time challenges of managing large protected areas, and cover ecological and socio-economic theories in tropical forest ecology and conservation.

Programme structure

Semesters 1-4 cover core modules in foundation subjects, including Ecology; Biodiversity; Cell Biology; Physiology; Environmental Sciences; alongside the practical field and laboratory skills.

Semesters 5-6 cover advanced modules in Environmental Policy and Management plus up to five modules from a defined list of options, including a field trip to Spain, and Population and Community Ecology.

You can choose to enroll on a three-week placement working with a relevant organisation in the summer between years 3 and 4.

In Semesters 7-8, you’ll work on a research project and can choose to go on the ecology field trip, currently based at the CERES Field Centre in Aljiezur, Portugal. You can take up to six modules from a range of options including Habitat Management, Conservation Biology, Conservation Management and skills modules including advanced statistics using the software package R, and training in GIS mapping software.

Career opportunities

As a Conservation Biology and Management graduate, you’ll find jobs:

- as scientists and advisors for Government and related agencies
- working for environmental charities
- as environmental consultants
- as researchers in Universities, research institutes or NGOs
- teaching

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States