Wildlife conservation - Animal Conservation Science

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We're holding online Q&A sessions with Conservation Science lecturers on Facebook throughout the summer. Check the schedule for the next session.

Why study with us?

Growing threats to the global environment have resulted in an increasing loss of biodiversity and elevated rates of extinction. Changes in public perceptions and legislation have led to an increase in the demand for professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the conservation of species and ecosystems to reduce and, in some cases, reverse the decline in biodiversity.

The course aims to provide a thorough grounding in the core disciplines of conservation biology addressing conservation from the animal towards the lands…

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We're holding online Q&A sessions with Conservation Science lecturers on Facebook throughout the summer. Check the schedule for the next session.

Why study with us?

Growing threats to the global environment have resulted in an increasing loss of biodiversity and elevated rates of extinction. Changes in public perceptions and legislation have led to an increase in the demand for professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the conservation of species and ecosystems to reduce and, in some cases, reverse the decline in biodiversity.

The course aims to provide a thorough grounding in the core disciplines of conservation biology addressing conservation from the animal towards the landscape scale. You have opportunity to take an optional one-year work placement; we have a strong network of professional contacts. We have very high graduate employment from all of our courses and this programme equips you with the skills required in the conservation sector.

Where will this course take place?

If you enrol with us in September 2013, you will have the opportunity to spend time at both our Penrith and Ambleside campuses. Each campus offers individual and distinctive advantages, providing easy access to the English Lake District with its unique geography. These exceptional locations in effect become your classroom.

From September 2014, all Animal Conservation Science students will be based in Ambleside.

What can this course lead to? Graduates from this course have gone into a range of relevant careers: conservation officer and senior conservation officer with UK companies, wildlife officers with wildlife trusts, conservation specialists in UK zoos while others work on conservation projects abroad. Some graduates have entered postgraduate education including MSc and PhD studies. Resources and facilities The National School of Forestry, with over 50 years of experience of producing career ready graduates, provides an exceptional range of facilities for both students and researchers. The campus encompasses over a hundred hectares of Cumbrian countryside, and has been recognised as an incredibly diverse and ecologically rich environment.

We are privileged to offer direct access to a wide range of habitats and forest types on-campus, including mixed broadleaf woodland, coniferous woodland, willow plantations, a young oak orchard, wetland, arable farmland and pastureland, and associated hedgerows, shelterbelts, ways, and brooks.

In addition to this variety, we also have a large (and growing!) arboretum, a tropical plant house, temperate and research glass houses, and gardens, all on site. We also have excellent new laboratory facilities. This outstanding set of resources enables many classes and field visits to be conducted just outside the lecture rooms, providing an enhanced learning environment where learning is combined with cutting-edge research.

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Entry requirements 240 UCAS tariff points to include Biology.

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Credit and UCAS requirements UCAS code: D327; Sandwich course: D390 UCAS points: 240 Costs

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Full-time students

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The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount).

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 per annum (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Full-time students may be eligible for one of 110 NSP awards for full-time students worth up to £6,000.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 300 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2013.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount).

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 per annum (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Full-time students may be eligible for one of 110 NSP awards for full-time students worth up to £6,000.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 300 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2013.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Utilities trust

International

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year is £9,960.

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

International scholarship

If you are studying a full-time bachelor's degree (excluding teacher training and NHS-funded courses) or a top-up degree, you may be eligible for an international scholarship. The university has nine scholarships available. Find out more on our scholarships page.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.


Part-time students

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The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2013/14 academic year is £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount). This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £4,125 per year.

As a part-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning over £21,000 a year (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Part-time students may be eligible for one of 40 NSP awards worth up to £3,000.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2013/14 academic year is £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount). This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £4,125 per year.

As a part-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning over £21,000 a year. For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Part-time students may be eligible for one of 40 NSP awards worth up to £3,000.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Utilities trust

Additional contact information Visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/conservation UCAS Link

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Modules

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).

Course summary This degree examines the theory and practice of animal conservation by studying ecology, threats to biodiversity, animal behaviour, conservation genetics, wildlife management and behavioural ecology.

The first year builds knowledge of the world’s biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation lectures and field sessions. In second year you learn professional-standard survey and research techniques which you put into practice during a fieldwork module, currently delivered in either West Africa or India. You are also introduced to studies of behaviour and genetics in a conservation context and a range of optional modules, including aquatic conservation, GIS, and wildlife and recreation management, are available.

Between the 2nd and 3rd taught years there is the option of a year-long academic/vocational placement (students must maintain an Upper Second Class Honours profile to take an academic placement). Students on the 3 year degree may opt for a shorter placement in second year.

In the third taught year you undertake a year-long research project; in addition, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theory and practice of animal conservation science. These include behavioural ecology, conservation strategies and genetic applications in conservation.
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