What Will You Study

Our Ecology and Conservation degree allows you to select specialist topics to match your interests and spend a year at a partner university overseas. The flexible nature of the programme enables you to focus primarily either on ecology or conservation, or combine the two as your interests determine. Because of the breadth of modules available in LEC, you can also expand your knowledge by including environmental science and geography modules in your degree.

You will examine biological ecosystems in which organisms are locked in complex interactions with each other and their environment. It’s a huge field and your degree focuses on areas including animal behaviour, evolution and global change biology. You will also gain an understanding of how biological principles relate to the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems. We also offer specialist topics with visiting lecturers from leading UK environmental agencies and charities, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).


You will begin your degree with an integrated first year, which combines subject-specific modules, such as Evolutionary Biology, and Biodiversity and Conservation, with broader modules introducing key environmental issues.  In your second year, modules include Populations to Ecosystems and Principles of Biodiversity Conservation. 

In your third year you will study modules such as Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, and Conservation in Practice.  You will also undertake your own research project, during which you will benefit from the experience of our internationally-renowned academic staff. There are also opportunities to carry out your project with a commercial partner, or at a European university via the Ersamus scheme.