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Ecology and Conservation BSc Hons

What will you study?

Our Ecology and Conservation degree allows you to select specialist topics to match your interests. 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.

Where could it take you?

Ecology has never been so important and can open up careers with businesses, consultancies and government departments, such as Natural England, or conservation organisations, such as The Wildlife Trust. Our degree will also equip you with transferable skills that are as relevant to management as to research. Recent graduates have found work in marketing and customer relations. Around a third of our graduates continue their learning to MSc or PhD level.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A-level: ABB. To include two science A-levels from Biol/Chem/Comp/EnvSc/Geog/Geol/Maths/Phys. We normally expect three A-levels

General Studies: Only accepted if taken as one of four A levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

GCSE: Maths and English Language at Grade C

Scottish Highers: BBBBB, inc. two sciences

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Baccalaureate: 32 points total with 16 in three HL subjects

IELTS: 6.0


HNC/HND: Considered for credit transfer to second year

Mature students: Applications welcome, especially with evidence of recent and successful formal study (e.g. an Access course). Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students will be required to pay for travel to field sites and will have to purchase wet weather clothing, boots and waterproof notebooks for fieldtrips for which the estimated cost is approximately £110. The course offers optional field trips and students will have to pay for any travel and accommodation costs. If students undertake placements then they may incur additional travel costs. Students on certain modules may wish to purchase a hand lens and compass clinometer but these may be borrowed from the Department.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.

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