BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and Management


Program Description


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.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

Our teaching builds on the latest thinking in Conservation Biology. Teaching is delivered in the form of formal lectures and practical classes, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning and guided reading and research.


Fieldwork is an essential and enjoyable part of this degree course. We are ideally located to make field trips, 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. As well as fieldwork in Scotland, the Conservation Biology and Management (Hons) course includes field trips to Spain and/or France.

If you go on the week-long field trip to Spain, you’ll stay near Almeria, one of the driest parts of Europe. Through a series of excursions and intensive field projects, you’ll be introduced to environmental processes in arid environments.

The 10-day field class in ecology and animal biology takes place in the Cévennes in France, a rugged mountain landscape of exceptional natural beauty and tremendous biodiversity. The organisms that live there include over 2,300 flowering plant species, 2,000 invertebrate species and 300 vertebrate species. Notable among these are wild boar, otters, vultures, and grey wolves. The region exemplifies the deep historical connection between humans and the natural world and is recognised as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. During the field trip you’ll learn various techniques in field sampling, identification, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, completed during each semester. For many modules, the marks awarded for coursework contribute 40–50 percent of the final grade, but for some modules, this is as high as 100 percent.

Work placement opportunities

You’ll go on a one-month placement with an external organisation between your 3rd and 4th year, where you’ll get relevant working experience and make useful contacts.

Study abroad

You can spend all or part of Year 3 abroad. There is a well-established reciprocal exchange programme with the University of Guelph in Canada, where you’ll take subjects equivalent to those at Stirling. In addition, there are exchange opportunities with a range of universities in the USA, Australia and Europe.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Professor Kirsty Park, Faculty of Natural Sciences

+44 (0) 1786 467799

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 14,460.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £9,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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