About This Course
Wildlife populations across the planet have declined by nearly 70% since 1970. There is growing recognition that conservation efforts need to be more effective and better targeted to help slow, and reverse, the loss of biodiversity. Conservation specialists with excellent knowledge of ecology and an appreciation of the socio-economic factors which underpin successful conservation are needed to meet these challenges.
Our new Wildlife Ecology and Conservation draws on years of dedicated research and teaching expertise in terrestrial ecology and conservation and marine ecology and conservation . Here at Bangor University you will gain detailed understanding of wide ranging and interlinked aspects of ecology and conservation - with an emphasis on terrestrial and marine environments. Important themes include ecology and evolution, as well as behaviour change, evidence-based conservation, human-wildlife coexistence, and international conservation policy.
Our location, nestled between the Menai Strait and Snowdonia National Park, offers unrivalled opportunities for learning about ecology and conservation outside the classroom. We run practical classes in a wide variety of habitats (from the coast to the mountains) and in a variety of conservation settings (from zoos to nature reserves). We run optional field courses in tropical conservation which makes use of our decades of international collaborations in tropical regions.
Why choose Bangor University for this degree course?
- TV presenter Steve Backshall is part of our teaching team.
- Field trips – recent examples include Arizona, Florida, India, Canada or the Carribbean.
- Our location offers unrivalled opportunities for learning about ecology, conservation and the natural environment outside the classroom.
- We have close links with many local conservation organisations including Chester Zoo, the Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB, and the Welsh Mountain Zoo, which help students gain experience of conservation from those working in the field.
- We have excellent links with conservation organisations throughout the world. Staff and students are currently working in Madagascar, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh.
You will take modules totalling 120 credits each year and these will comprise a mixture of lectures, practicals and interactive exercises, as well as field trips and tutorials. Modules become more specialised as the degree progresses.
During the first year you will follow compulsory modules, setting the foundation on which to build your degree. In the second and final year, in addition to compulsory modules, you will also be able to select optional modules to suit your core interests. This will also allow you to gain a set of skills and expertise that are unique to you. Assessment is by a mixture of formal examination and continuous assessment. Welsh medium modules are also available.
Natural Sciences facilities
- Natural History Museum with an exceptionally comprehensive collection of vertebrate material, which includes a diverse collection of vertebrate and invertebrate specimens, including primates.
- Extensive marine and freshwater aquaria with a suite of temperature-controlled rooms.
- Pigeon loft for bird cognition, physiology, and biomechanics research.
- Treborth Botanic Garden, which covers an area of 18 hectares on the shores of the Menai Strait. It contains Europe’s largest underground root laboratory (the rhizotron), a teaching laboratory, formal garden beds, a rock garden, an arboretum and a conservation collection.
- Rodent and reptile facilities.
- Our university farm totals 252 hectares. It provides facilities for research and teaching in lowland agriculture, forestry, hydrology, environmental science and conservation. We conduct fieldtrips and you can run your own large-scale experiment for your project.
- Alpaca, sheep and bee hives at the University farm at Henfaes.
- We are on the coast, next to the Irish Sea and the Menai Strait providing a range of habitat types for field courses and study sites for final-year projects.
- Dedicated reptile facilities including venomous snake rooms.
- Environmentally controlled spaces for project work.
- Insect rooms.
- Large modern teaching and research laboratories, and a dedicated student research hub for dissertation work.
- Imaging facilities.
- A very large range of analytical kit, so that you can learn how to analyse environmental samples both in the field and in the lab.
- Our very own geology collection – regarded as one of the best in the country.
- Computer laboratories for you to develop your skills in key areas such as digital mapping and environmental modelling.
- Wood library.
- Dedicated environmental research labs.
- One of our best facilities is the environment on our doorstep – you will get the chance to visit so many different places on our fieldtrips, which will cement your learning and understanding of topics.
- Our biological, chemical, and environmental laboratories are used for a range of teaching and learning. We have specific research-laboratories located in the Environmental Centre Wales, which include: a radio and stable isotope lab, a Category 2 pathogen lab, a darkened microscope room, sample preparation laboratories and a dedicated analytical instrument lab.
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 128 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); General Studies and Key Skills not accepted.
- BTEC National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (e.g. Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, or Animal Management)**: MMM - DDM
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (e.g. Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, or Animal Management)**: MMM - DDM
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Laboratory Skills**: MMM – DDM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass required, including H5 in a Science subject.
- Access: Science/Environmental based Access courses considered.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: We will accept this qualification in conjunction with other level 3 qualifications
- T Levels: T Levels in a relevant subject considered on a case-by-case basis
- Extended Project Qualification: Points can include a relevant Extended Project (EPQ) but must include a minimum 2 full A-levels, or equivalent.
We are happy to accept combinations of the qualifications listed above, as well as alternative Level 3 qualifications such as City & Guilds, Access and Cambridge Technical Diplomas.
We also welcome applications from mature learners.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications that are equivalent to A levels/Level 3 and/or college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information can be found on our International pages.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
**Similar subject areas may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Graduates from this course will develop practical skills associated with laboratory and/or field situations highly sought after by employers, including: the ability to plan, implement a scientific research, collect the necessary data safely and ethically, perform the relevant statistical analysis, and report on results in a concise, clear and precise manner. You will also be able to properly formulate research questions, to identify appropriate methods for answering them, and to use scientific and social information to inform decision making and management.
Relevant future careers may include environmental managers, ecologists or conservation advisors in terrestrial and aquatic contexts, in the UK and overseas. Or, you may choose to pursue further study and research.
It is possible to take the course as either a three-year degree or over four years with a placement year working with a relevant conservation organisation in the UK or overseas.
A 'with Foundation Year' option is available for this course. Apply for Environmental Science (with Foundation Year).