Ecology & Conservation

Ecology & Conservation

Nestled between the Lake District and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we’re perfectly placed to study ecological processes and conservation and our degrees equip you with a comprehensive grounding in the key principles that underpin the major ecological and environmental issues of today’s world.

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At Lancaster, we take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences for students.

Choice and flexibility

You can choose between our 3-year BSc or 4-year MSci degree programmes. The first year of our degrees introduces you to ecology and conservation biology, along with other modules about key environmental issues. You will also have the opportunity to study a minor subject, which could be in Environmental Science, Geography or a subject from the wider university. This flexibility means it’s easy to move between programmes if you find your passions lie in a particular discipline.

Hands-on experience

As part of your degree, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your academic studies and also develop your practical skills. Many of our modules offer exciting opportunities for practical work in either the laboratory or the field, enabling you to put the academic theory learnt in lectures into practice.

You can also enhance your studies, boost your self-confidence and immerse yourself in the culture of another country as part of our exciting opportunities to study overseas in either North America or Australasia with our Study Abroad option, or in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme.

Exciting field trips

A highlight of our degrees are the residential field courses available in Spain, Scotland, Kenya and Brazil. You will also take shorter, local field excursions, which are a great opportunity to apply your academic knowledge in the field. In your final year, you will undertake a research project under the guidance of an active researcher. This will let you put the skills learned throughout your degree into practice, and head out into the field to undertake research in an area of interest to you.