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Animal Conservation Science (with Sandwich Year) BSc (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on our BSc Animal Conservation Science, where the Lake District - one of the UK's oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom.Our course has been designed by experts, renowned for their research in animal conservation science and we are based in Ambleside so that you fully benefit from learning and living in this inspiring environment. You will discover many of the UK's most iconic and endangered wildlife species, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species and a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests.The "with Sandwich Placement" version gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the conservation sector as part of your degree. Our strong links with wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent placement opportunities.Your campus is based close to the shores of Windermere, in the Lake District - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have access to iconic landscapes and excellent facilities, including modern student spaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, a gym and a climbing wall.- 100% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)- We are the only UK university with a campus within a national park- The Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas is based on our Ambleside campus and the research it produces will enhance your learning- You will be trained in cutting-edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA and digital mapping technologies- Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment including 60 camera traps and a research boat- Opportunities to work alongside organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust- You will be taught by a team involved in international research, which will inform your learning and provide opportunities to get involved- The teachers have years of practical experience working in the field and they will bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching- Flexible modules enable you to shape our course towards your intended career path- Conduct your own research and get involved in scientific studies- Opportunity to go on an international field tripIf you want a start a successful career in wildlife conservation, our course will teach you everything you need to earn a great degree and become a professional in the field.We examine the theory and practice of animal conservation science by studying ecology, threats to biodiversity, animal behaviour, conservation genetics, wildlife management and behavioural ecology.Year 1 (Ambleside) - You will build knowledge of the world's biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation through lectures and field sessions.Year 2 (Ambleside) - You will learn professional-standard survey and research techniques and put these into practice during a fieldwork module, which you can take in the UK or abroad. You are also introduced to studies of behaviour and genetics in a conservation context and to a range of optional modules, including GIS, and environmental change biology.Year 3 (on placement) - You complete 7 months of practical conservation work or conservation research working with a conservation organisation or research group in the UK or abroad.Year 4 (Ambleside) - You undertake a year-long research project and receive training in the behavioural ecology of animals and wildlife management. Additionally, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theory and practice of anima

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 10,500per year

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

Subject rankings

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    115 77%


  • Graduate prospects

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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.33 87%


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    / Max 240
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    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.29 86%


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    / Max 210
    112 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%



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