About This Course
As environmental concerns become ever more pressing, there is an increasing need to understand how we can effectively conserve species, habitats and ecology. This course course gives a theoretical grounding in how populations and communities work and a practical understanding of the issues surrounding environmental conservation. We teach the skills needed by conservation professionals for monitoring habitats and species and we demonstrate the importance of social and economic factors in achieving successful conservation.
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Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Bangor’s location, between the Menai Straits and Snowdonia National Park, offers unrivalled opportunities for learning about ecology, conservation and the natural environment outside the class room.
- Successful conservation relies on an interdisciplinary approach. Our supportive, friendly and accessible staff have a range of expertise covering conservation, ecology, environmental science, forestry, and the social sciences. The Centre for Evidence Based Conservation, a world-recognised centre for translating conservation science into policy, is based at Bangor, giving students a unique insight into the policy process.
- We have close links with many of the local conservation organisations including Snowdonia National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales and the British Trust for Ornithology which help students gain understanding of conservation practice.
- We also have excellent links with conservation organisations throughout the world. Staff and students are currently working in Madagascar, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh for example.
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
Our modules use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, practicals and fieldwork to seminars and tutorials. Seminars and tutorials concentrate on problem solving, study skillsdevelopment and reinforcing material taught in lectures; their relaxed and informal atmosphere also encourages lively debate over current and contentious issues. Courses are assessed using a variety of methods with an average split of 60% coursework and 40% examination. All modules make extensive use of the University’s ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, which provides direct access to learning resources, course documents and lecture notes. If you opt for the placement year, you will spend your third year working with a relevant organisation gaining valuable career experience.
What will you study on this course?
Year 1 + 2
On this course you will study 120 credits in each year, through a range of lectures, tutorials, seminars and fieldwork. Our courses are modular. Although some modules are, by necessity, compulsory, others are optional, allowing you to expand your studies into new areas or develop specialisms that are of particular interest to you.
Students take a compulsory module in Human Aspects of Conservation as well as selecting from a wide range of others, including Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Marine Conservation and Exploitation, Upland Management and Coping with a Changing Planet. They also work with a supervisor to design and carry out a piece of original research. The management plan – where students develop a plan for an area of Snowdonia National Park – is a unique feature of the Bangor degree and gives valuable professional training. Students have the option of going to Tenerife or Ghana for a week-long field trip.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Environmental Conservation Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. walking boots and waterproofs, rucksack. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£80.
Appropriate stationary for note-taking during classes, e.g. notepad, pens and pencils. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £5-£15.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students are required to provide their own lunch and evening meals on the Year 2 residential fieldcourse. The cost for these will vary. Approximate total cost: £50-£70.
Materials for the preparation of academic poster for assessment. The cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£15.
Travel costs to undertake any fieldwork as part of Year 3 Honours Project research. The cost will vary by project (and may not even be incurred). Approximate cost for a UK-based project in a student’s home area: £15-£20.
Cost for optional residential Year 3 fieldcourse. The cost will vary by trip. Approximate cost £600-£1000.
Purchase of Wellington Boots for fieldwork. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£20.
Costs of any visas and vaccinations required if the student opts to undertake project work overseas. The cost for these will vary.
Costs of any visas and vaccinations required if the student opts to undertake a fieldcourse that requires them. The cost for these will vary.
Copies of all required reading materials are provided via the University Library.
Where required, laboratory coats are provided.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels: including grade C in a science subject at A2 level (e.g. Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics, Statistics, Psychology). Excluding General Studies.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H5 in a science subject)
- Access: Science/Environmental-based Access course.
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, or Animal Management: MMP - DMM
- City & Guilds Extended Diploma (720) in Countryside Management, Animal Management or Forestry & Arboriculture: Distinction - Distinction*
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Land & Wildlife Management: MMP - DMM
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Laboratory Skills: MMP - DMM
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Graduates from this programme have gone on to become conservation or environmental managers in the UK and overseas as well as carrying out further study and research or teacher training. It is possible to take the course as either a three-year degree or over four years with a sandwich year working with a relevant conservation organisation in the UK or overseas.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.