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BSc Hons Ecology and Conservation

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: C180 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Biosciences Director of Studies: Dr A Wilby
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 105
Credit Points Year 3: 135

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 2 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 7 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students begin their degree with an integrated first year, which combines subject-specific topics, such as Evolutionary Biology, and Biodiversity and Conservation, with broader topics which introduce key environmental issues. In their second year, students can study topics, such as: Populations to Ecosystems and Principles of Biodiversity Conservation. In their third year study students can study more specialised topics such as Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, and Conservation in Practice. Students undertake their own research project, with guidance from our internationally-renowned academic staff. There are also opportunities to carry out projects with a commercial partner, or at a European university via the Erasmus scheme. In addition, we offer specialist topics with visiting lecturers from leading UK environmental agencies and charities, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). 


    The programme aims to:

    Provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Ecology and Conservation which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.

    Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment.

    Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.

    Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.

    Offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route.

    Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    Demonstrate a broad understanding of biological, physical and chemical processes in ecosystems and how they interact with society.

    Discuss and critically analyse patterns of distribution of organisms in relation to environmental factors.

    Demonstrate a comprehension of: nutrient and energy flow in Ecosystems; population processes, dynamics and interactions; and of processes governing community structure and the functional significance of biodiversity.

    Critically analyse the effects of human populations on ecosystems.

    Demonstrate a comprehension of the benefits of Ecosystem Services to humanity and other justifications for the conservation of biodiversity.

    Undertake ecological survey of a range of taxa, and demonstrate understanding of the principles and practice of habitat management.

    Design and execute experiments in the laboratory and field.

    Distinguish major taxanomic groupings, and to successfully use identification keys.

    Analyse and interpret data from a range of sources and formally communicate it in written and oral presentations.

    Undertake risk assessments and safely undertake field and laboratory work.

    Work independently and as part of a team, appreciating collective goals and applying negotiation skills.

    Manage time effectively and have well developed skills of organisation, planning and management.

    Competently use IT including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software and statistical analysis.

    Communicate professionally via written reports, posters and oral presentations.

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