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BSc (Hons)Ecology

University of Stirling
United Kingdom, Stirling
Tuition fee £17,900 per year
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Overview

People have an enormous impact on their environment through resource use, habitat degradation, and climate change. Understanding how our actions impact the ecological balance across the planet has never been more important.

You will get a rigorous introduction to the science of ecology. You’ll understand how animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms interact with their environment, as well as the relationship between people and the rest of the biosphere.

This course covers the core conceptual issues of Ecology in its broadest sense, but also provides hands-on opportunities for learning transferable skills and analysing ecological relationships across all types of organisms.

A great emphasis is placed on practical training, 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 Biological Sciences; Environmental Sciences; and Practical Skills in the Natural Sciences.

Semesters 5-6 cover the following advanced modules: Animal Ecology; Plant Ecology and Physiology; Population and Community Ecology; plus further optional modules, including the Spanish field trip.

In Semesters 7-8, you’ll carry out an independent research project and take four to six advanced modules from a defined list of options, including the overseas field courses (Portugal and Gabon), and skills modules including advanced statistics using the software package R, and training in GIS mapping software.

Career opportunities

The graduates have progressed to a range of jobs in academic and applied ecology, including jobs as:

- environmental consultant
- environmental education officer
- environmental manager
- university and government researchers
- nature reserve managers
- policymakers and consultants with both environmental agencies and conservation bodies,
- natural history filmmaker
- journalist
- nature conservation officer
- recycling officer
- sustainability consultant
- waste management officer
- water quality scientist

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States