BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and Management

General

Program Description

Overview

Our 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 our biodiversity and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend.

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

We place great emphasis on practical training, hands-on experience and preparation for a wide range of careers in conservation. This includes our inspiring 10-day field class in Cévennes, France, a landscape of exceptional natural beauty and tremendous biodiversity recognised by UNESCO.

Doing this course at Stirling has really changed how I view the natural world. This course at Stirling is uniquely placed in that there are so many conservation-based organisations on our doorstep and, for those who are keen to get stuck in, there’s a world of things to get involved in.

Lorna Blackmore, BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology and Management

Top reasons to study with us

#1 You’ll undertake a four-week placement working with a relevant organisation

#2 You’ll receive excellent practical training for a wide range of careers in conservation and related fields

#3 Choose from three overseas field trips and develop field skills closer to home in our stunning local landscapes

Course details

This degree will teach you the main issues in managing and conserving biodiversity at national and global scales. We place great emphasis on practical training and preparing students for a wide range of careers in conservation.

Semesters 1-4 cover core modules in foundation subjects, including Ecology; Biodiversity; Cell Biology and Physiology; Environmental Sciences; and Practical Skills.

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

You’ll go on a four-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 in the Cévennes National Park in Southern France. You can take up to six modules from a range of options.

There’s an active Conservation Volunteers group at the University, enabling you to develop and expand your experience of survey work and other practical skills.

Contact

Professor Kirsty Park

 +44 (0) 1786 467799

k.j.park@stir.ac.uk

Professor Kirsty Park, Faculty of Natural Sciences

+44 (0) 1786 467799

k.j.park@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £17,900*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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