Dr Carl Soulsbury - Programme Leader
Dr Soulsbury's research interests focus on how animals, especially mammals and birds, and plants schedule their growth and reproduction across their lives. Current projects include long-term work on a population of black grouse and the impact of climatic stressors on plant morphology and reproduction.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
"I chose this course as it combined my two favourite subjects: Geography and Biology. I really liked the unique blend and it enabled me to study key elements from both subjects."Ellen Butcher, BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation graduate
Students can participate in a residential field trip in the UK, enabling them to study animals and plants in the wild. For UK based field trips the University will cover costs of transport, accommodation, and meals at the field site.
An optional module in the final year involves an overseas field trip. This will provide the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and to study local plants and animals. Destinations may vary, but have previously included the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.
Students who opt to undertake a field trip overseas will be expected to cover transport costs (including flight costs). These costs will vary depending on the location of the field trip. Accommodation and meals at the field sites are fully funded by the University.
Students may be required to pay for overnight stays, local travel and food close to the destination if their flights arrive the day before the team are scheduled to meet. Students may bring personal items of clothing and travel equipment, some of which may be specialised for the environment they are travelling to, and recommended medicines and travel toiletries such as anti-malaria medication, vaccinations, insect repellent and sunscreen. These costs will depend on what they choose to bring.
Optional Placement Year
All full-time Ecology and Conservation students may take an optional placement year between the second and third year of the programme. These placements are student-led, but will be continuously supported by academic staff throughout. Placements provide students with the opportunity to gain workplace experience and a chance to hone their skills in a professional environment. When students are on an optional placement, they will be required to cover their own transport, accommodation, and meals costs.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Career opportunities for Ecology and Conservation graduates may include teaching, environmental consultancy, applied conservation in the UK or internationally, and science journalism. Graduates may choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
"This degree allows students to study the interconnectedness of the natural world and, in doing so, learn how to better protect and conserve it."Dr Carl Soulsbury, Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation
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Animal Behaviour and Welfare
The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do.
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The study of zoology is an exploration of how animals have evolved, how they function, and the ways in which they interact with their environment.