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Why Study Conservation?

Cutting-edge science is integral to our research programmes and feeds through into the teaching environment. Our expertise encompasses studies into the evolutionary and population ecology of marine invertebrates and reptiles; population genetics; and climate change and wetland ecology.

We use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, practicals and fieldwork to seminars and tutorials. Bangor’s location, between the Snowdonia National Park and the sea, means that you will benefit from being close of an exceptional range of terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats where field work, which is an integral part of the degree is conducted.

Seminars and tutorials concentrate on problem solving, study skills development and reinforcing material taught in lectures; their relaxed and informal atmosphere also encourages lively debate over current and contentious issues.

Many of our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, and we are rated Gold for Teaching Quality in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017).


in the UK for Agriculture Forestry and Food

Guardian League Tables 2020

Top 10

for Agriculture and Forestry

Complete University Guide League Table 2020


Student Satisfaction

2017 National Student Survey (NSS)

Career Opportunities in Conservation

Our graduates have gone on to work as environmental managers, ecologists or conservation advisors in terrestrial and aquatic contexts, in the UK and overseas. Others have gone on to further study and research. It is possible to take our degrees 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.

Our Research in Conservation

Research is our core contribution to the conservation of the world's biodiversity.  It provides answers to fundamental theoretical and applied problems in conservation biology, as well as directing our teaching. 

We collaborate with people from around the world, including academic experts and conservation managers, to ensure our research has real world applications, while moving the theoretical aspects of conservation biology forward. 

Our research is separated into themes: environmental evidence and social conservation, we are also interested in methods to alleviate threatening processes and plant and animal conservation.  These themes our research tends to be highly multidisciplinary - drawing on the expertise of our diverse team.

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