Ecology and Conservation at Lancaster University

Ecology and Conservation Degrees

You will examine the ecology and conservation of different ecosystems, in which organisms are locked in complex interactions with one another and their environment. It's a diverse field and your degree will focus on areas including animal behaviour, evolution and global change biology.

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Abbie Pilkington

A place for Abbie

My course at Lancaster University is like no other and it has everything I want from a degree. I am able to study topics in my first year that I have touched upon before, whilst discovering new things every day.

There are so many interesting modules, and the really great thing about my course is the wide range of subject areas we study, such as evolution, aquatic ecology, zoology and so much more. This means the scope of my learning is forever growing in the direction I want it to, especially as I have opportunities further down the line to specialise in my area of interest.

It's definitely an advantage that the University is on the Lake District's doorstep. I have many opportunities to visit various places which helps me to visualise my learning and delve deeper into ecology and conservation out in the field.

Abbie Pilkington

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Beyond the labs

We take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences in addition to opportunities to travel the world with residential overseas field trips.

  • Spain

    Home to over 1,500 species of plants, 400 species of birds and 50 terrestrial mammals, Doñana National Park is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in Europe.

  • Brazil

    The Amazon is a fascinating place to explore the conservation and development challenges facing tropical forests. Work alongside experts to understand the challenges of pursuing biodiversity conservation whilst reducing poverty.

  • Switzerland

    You will collect significant amounts of field data and focus on one of six interconnected study themes spanning: alpine climate and hydrology, glacial processes, alpine rivers, streams, soils and ecosystems.

  • Kenya

    Based in the beautiful Rift Valley, you'll explore the staggering biodiversity of local aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, at the same time considering how best to monitor and protect it.

  • Scotland

    The ecology field course to Mull provides a chance to experience some amazing landscapes, from mountains to coasts and to learn about the ecology of key plant and animal species.

Careers

A degree in Bioscience can enable you to specialise in a given area, but because we embed a range of transferable skills into the curriculum you are not limited purely to science-based careers. You can pursue a wide range of careers with our bioscience degrees, from biomedical science to research or from pharmacology to business.

Examples of the types of careers pursued by our graduates include:

Ecological consultant Ecological research Ecologist
Environmental consultant Environmental planning assistant Reserve manager
Resource management scientist Science teacher Trainee accountant
University lecturer University professor

Whatever your career aspirations may be, or even if you're still not quite sure, we're here to support you to reach your goals. You will undertake a module in employability skills, giving you excellent preparation for applying to graduate-level jobs and graduate scheme, and our dedicated Careers Service is here to assist you every step of the way. From helping you make a lasting impression with your CV to ensuring you are well prepared for interviews and assessment centres, they are able to offer you tailored and personalised support. What's more, they offer lifelong careers support to our graduates so, if you need us, we will always be here to help.

Every aspect of learning

Our academics are leaders in their fields of research and deliver enthusiastic and engaging teaching through a range of methods.