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BSc Hons Ecology and Conservation (Study Abroad)

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: C182 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Biosciences Director of Studies: Dr A Wilby
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    The degree begins with an integrated first year, which combines introductory ecology and conservation biology modules, including a field course in southern Spain, with modules in evolution, environmental biology, environmental science and geography. In the 2nd year there are compulsory ecology, conservation and practical skills modules along with a range of optional modules in evolution, animal behaviour, eco-physiology, environmental science and geography. The final year modules include an optional field courses in Scotland and the Brazilian Amazon and an independent research project.  All projects are supervised by academic staff from Lancaster Environment Centre, but students have the option of applying to do their project while on work placement with an external organisation in the conservation sector.

    The degree programme has been designed to deliver deep subject-specific knowledge and understanding in ecology and conservation.  In addition to strong literacy and numeracy, the programme aims to help students acquire a range of practical, intellectual, interpersonal and self management skills.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Knowledge and Understanding

    On graduating, students will have:

    • A  broad understanding of biological, physical and chemical processes in ecosystems and how they interact with society  
    • The ability to discuss and critically analyse patterns of distribution of organisms in relation to environmental factors
    • Comprehension of nutrient and energy flow in Ecosystems
    • Comprehension of population processes, dynamics and interactions
    • Comprehension of processes governing community structure and the functional significance of biodiversity
    • The ability to critically analyse the effects of humans populations on ecosystems
    • Comprehension of the benefits of Ecosystem Services to humanity and other justifications for the conservation of biodiversity

     Practical skills

     On graduating, students will be able to:

    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

     Transferable skills

    On graduating, students will be able to:

    • Adapt to a novel society and culture
    • Work independently and as 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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