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Conservation Biology

BSc Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:C152
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:3
Part II Year 3 Weight:5
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Dr A Wilby

Compulsory Modules

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PartII (Year 2)

PartII (Year 3)

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The Conservation Biology degree is designed for scientists who want to understand how biological principles can be applied to the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems, and who wish to develop the skills needed to put conservation theory into practice. The degree scheme takes advantage of Lancaster's special location, with an exceptional number and variety of areas of high conservation interest nearby, including mountains, lakes, limestone and coastal habitats. The course is built around core elements of conservation biology, supported by additional optional modules in ecology, biology, environmental science, and geography. Many of these modules include contributions from external lecturers, such as environmental consultants, staff of the RSPB, Natural England and other conservation organisations, and from government research institutes including the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The degree begins with an integrated first year, which combines introductory conservation biology modules, including a field course in southern Spain, with modules in evolution, environmental biology and environmental science. In both the 2nd and 3rd years there are compulsory conservation modules along with a range of optional modules in ecology, evolution, animal behaviour, eco-physiology, environmental science and geography. The final year modules include an optional field courses in Scotland 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.

In addition to developing subject-specific knowledge and understanding in conservation biology, the degree programme aims to develop practical, intellectual, interpersonal and self management skills as well as numeracy and literacy. By the end of the degree programme students are able to:

-         Plan, conduct and report scientific projects

-         Synthesise information from a variety of sources

-         Interpret numerical data

-         Use appropriate equipment effectively

-         Display competence in the laboratory

-         Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work

-         Collect and present experimental and field survey data

In addition students develop a series of transferrable skills:

-         Work independently or as part of a team

-         Data recording, analysis and interpretation

-         Competence in the use of relevant Information Technologies

-         Effective written and oral communication skills

-         Effective time management, planning and organisational skills 

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