Environmental Conservation BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeD447
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This degree is professionaly accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

CHES Accredited

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.

Click here for more information about the School's activities and expertise in the field of Conservation.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, the School achieved an overall satisfaction score of 97% with all of our subject areas rated in the UK top 10.
  • 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.

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Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Modules offered by the School 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.

The nature of the department makes it possible for the lecturers and students to build really good relationships – lecturers really get to know students and we in turn feel like lecturers are approachable and keen to share their knowledge.

Alex Moir
Environmental Science MEnvSci

What will you study on this course?

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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules may include:

  • Ecosystem Function and Services
  • Environmental Management and Conservation
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Environmental Data and Analysis
  • Academic Tutorials
  • Field Course: Making Snowdonia

Year 2

Compulsory modules may include:

  • Principles of Conservation
  • Research Methods & GIS
  • Field Course: Environmental Conflict
  • Conservation Practice

Final Year

Students take compulsory modules in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and Environmental Policy as well as selecting from a range of others. 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. The optional field trip to Tenerife covers  wider issues of practical conservation. Other optional modules include Global Food Security, Forest Ecosystems, Upland Management and Marine Conservation.

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.

Careers and Employability

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.

Last year as well as this year, I was involved with Enactus Bangor, a social enterprise group that operates in many universities across the world. We went to the UK finals in London, presenting our idea of ‘Y Bont’ (Welsh for the ‘bridge’), a shop that would sell food not deemed aesthetically acceptable by supermarkets for a cheaper price, directly employing from the local Job Centre. It taught us all so much about negotiating as well as combining entrepreneurship with realism.

John Hanley
Geography

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 112 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* (excluding General Studies), including a science subject at A2 level (acceptable science subjects are: Biology, Geography, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics). Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • International Baccalaureate.
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable BTEC subjects: Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, Agriculture, Animal Management, Land-based technology).
  • Science/Environmental-based Access course.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • We consider mature students with substantial relevant experience on an individual basis.

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 112 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* (excluding General Studies), including a science subject at A2 level (acceptable science subjects are: Biology, Geography, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics). Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • International Baccalaureate.
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable BTEC subjects: Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, Agriculture, Animal Management, Land-based technology).
  • Science/Environmental-based Access course.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • We consider mature students with substantial relevant experience on an individual basis.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We 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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply for Undergraduate programmes

You can apply to study at Bangor directly by using the online application form or through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.)

Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor

Apply online – Direct to Bangor
  • Read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form

Once you have read the guidance notes...

Need help applying?

If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Option 2- Applying to study at Bangor through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS is an online application system allowing students to apply for up to five courses in the UK through one application. You can apply for more than one programme at a specific university, for example you could apply to study BA Psychology and BSc Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor. Find out more about how to apply to Bangor University through UCAS

If you have applied through UCAS already then you may wish to visit the International Student pages of UCAS website for further information.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Administrator
School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Tel: 01248 382281
E-mail: senrgy@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/senrg

Why choose to study in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography?

Our Reputation

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) provides a wide range of undergraduate degrees in both traditional and interdisciplinary subjects, with staff expertise in geography, forestry, agriculture, environmental science and conservation. Bangor University and the School have a well-deserved national and international reputation for teaching, research and wider engagement with industry, government and the public. You will be taught by lecturers with a passion for their subject, many of whom are working on world-leading research.  

The University

The School

Unrivalled location and fieldwork opportunities

North Wales has been named fourth best regions in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location. Our university is uniquely located between the stunning North Wales coastline and the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. It is the natural environment for learning, and we are ideally placed to study the outstanding surrounding landscape. The Snowdonia National Park is less than 20 minutes away and provides a living laboratory on our doorstep for much of our teaching and research.

As well as upland and lowland areas, internationally recognised for their landscape and geomorphology, North Wales contains 10 National Nature Reserves and 83 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including several of the highest significance at a European level, 4 Heritage Coasts and 2 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  You will find plenty of places to visit in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Anglesey, a World Heritage Site due to its geology. We are also within easy reach of Liverpool or Manchester, and only a short ferry trip from Dublin for days out or shopping trips.

The School organises many UK and overseas field courses, including our introductory first year course where you will spend a week enhancing your field skills and knowledge through our Making Snowdonia module. All compulsory fieldwork is provided free of charge, with optional overseas third year trips to Tenerife, Spain or Ghana. By participating in a variety of local and international field courses you will gain a wealth of experience and develop key skills.

Teaching and Learning

Our lecturers are teaching-innovators and we take pride that many of our staff are award-winning lecturers, nominated by our own students. Many of our staff are world-leading researchers, so you will be learning at the forefront of research into key global issues. You will be taught by experts through a variety of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals and fieldwork, all to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen subject.

Depending upon your degree you will receive training in important professional tools such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and MATLAB. You will also gain skills in data handling, retrieval and presentation, statistical analysis and social data methods. You will learn how to explore spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social datasets. We have computing suites located within the School, and have access to high-level GIS software and extensive spatial data and maps.

World-leading research and facilities

Research submitted by the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). As well as securing a high national ranking, more than 80% of the research material submitted was rated as internationally excellent, including 25% as world-leading.

The Environment Centre for Wales (ECW) is a partnership between the UK Government’s flagship Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University, bringing together 60 leading environmental scientists with a wide range of knowledge and experience. You will have access to our laboratory in ECW for student project (dissertation) work with a wide range of plant, soil and other environmental analytical facilities available. These include climate-controlled growth rooms, radioisotope and environmental microbiology laboratories, and equipment to monitor environmental samples for pollution, contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, and DNA.

The School has its own field station, Henfaes Research Centre, located just outside the city, with land rising from salt marsh and agriculturally improved lowland on the coast to open mountain grazing at 1000 metres above sea level. Henfaes has extensive field, glasshouse and laboratory research facilities, and hosts a number of important international and national network research experiments such as Bangor DIVERSE and COSMOS-UK. It is also a commercial upland sheep farm, which includes agri-environment schemes agreed with the Welsh Government, with a proportion of the land comprising the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve.

The School also works closely with Treborth Botanic Garden, a spectacular site on the shores of the Menai Strait that has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden has 15 ha of native woodland, 2 ha of species-rich unimproved grassland, a 1 ha managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs. There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. SENRGy students have the opportunity to establish their own research projects (dissertations) at the garden, and to develop their botanical and ecological skills through garden workshops, specialist courses and internships.

*excluding specialist institutions.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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