The BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation degree at Lincoln is taught by research-active staff who take part in internationally-renowned research. The degree aims to provide a broad understanding of the subject, encompassing the study of key aspects of modern ecology, evolution, and both plant and animal biology.
Conserving biodiversity and avoiding the mass extinction of species are huge global challenges. It has never been more important for scientists to understand how organisms work in ecosystems, and how they respond to the threats they face.
Students will participate in two residential field trips in the UK, enabling them to study animals and plants in the wild. These trips are part of two core modules: ‘Ecology’ in the first year and ‘Conservation Biology’ in the second year. For UK based field trips the University will cover costs of transport, accommodation and meals at the field site.
There is also an overseas field trip available in your final year as part of the optional 'Overseas Field Course' module. Further details on the Overseas Field Course, including costs, can be found in the Features tab.
As students study, they will have the chance to develop skills in scientific methods and communication, which can be invaluable in many workplaces but are especially critical for ecology and conservation. There is also an opportunity for students to gain valuable professional experience by undertaking a placement year, between the second and third year of their studies. Potential costs incurred on a placement year are outlined in the Features tab.
How You Study
In the first year, students have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of biological concepts, including genetics, ecology, animal and plant anatomy and physiology as well as key skills in environmental monitoring.
During the second year, more specialist modules include evolution, conservation biology and plant-animal interactions. Students can choose from a selection of optional modules to align their studies with areas of particular interest.
There is an emphasis on independent research in the third year, and students are expected to undertake a substantial research project, as well as modules to develop critical scientific skills. This degree combines demonstrations with hands-on work in lab or in field.
Students will also have the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate scientific knowledge effectively, in different contexts, different formats and to different recipients.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
Overseas Field Course (Optional Module)
This optional module in the final year involves an overseas field trip. This will provide the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and to study local plants and animals. Destinations may vary, but in 2018 included the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.
Students who opt to undertake a field trip overseas will be expected to cover transport costs (including flight costs). These costs will vary depending on the location of the field trip. Accommodation and meals at the field sites are fully funded by the University.
Students may be required to pay for overnight stays, local travel and food close to the destination if their flights arrive the day before the team are scheduled to meet. Students may bring personal items of clothing and travel equipment, some of which may be specialised for the environment they are travelling to, and recommended medicines and travel toiletries such as anti-malaria medication, vaccinations, insect repellent and sunscreen. These costs will depend on what they choose to bring.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBB, to include a minimum grade B in Biology, Chemistry or Geography. Practical elements must be passed.
- International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall to include Higher Level grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Geography.
- BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management or Applied Science*: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
*not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Biology, Chemistry or Geography.
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
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