Animal Biology and Conservation
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Animal species are in decline around the world due to human impact. If you’re excited to solve global conservation and animal issues, our BSc (Hons) Animal Biology and Conservation degree is for you.
We will give you the skills to tackle the urgent global ecological crisis. Our teaching staff, with their real-world experience, will train you in the evolutionary origins, ecology, behaviour, and conservation of wild animals.
This degree gives you real-life employability skills. We’ll prepare you for conservation roles around the world, including in countries where trained conservationists are in short supply.
We’re proud of our nurturing environment with good connections between staff and students. You’ll benefit from research-active tutors and small group sizes.
The need is obvious, so join us at Oxford Brookes to learn the skills to make a difference.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Access to outstanding environmental sites
You’ll have access to a variety of natural and managed landscapes in and around the Oxford area; as well as the Oxford Natural History Museum.
This accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management affirms that the course promotes the highest standards of practice.
We offer modules to help you identify interesting career paths and to develop your professional skills. These are supported with the opportunity to gain work experience through a placement year, a work experience module or research project.
Strong industry links
We enjoy strong working relationships with organisations like WildlifeTrusts, RSPB, and animal rescue centres. These benefit our students through guest speakers and work experience opportunities.
Step out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself. Enhance your future prospects. Experience what it’s like to study and live in a different country.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
You'll develop the skills required by conservation practitioners:
- field based
In year 1, your modules will ground you in core topics including biodiversity, cell biology and the physical environment. A one-week residential field trip will sharpen your ability to identify species.
In year 2, you will delve into animal behaviour through observation and experimentation. You'll study environmental systems and processes, focusing on the impact of human activity.
We’ll support you to prepare for your future career, whether that's a job or further education. You have the option to take either a year long industry placement or a work experience module to advance your skills.
Your final year modules will deepen your understanding of key concepts and skills. You’ll cover wildlife conservation, environmental change, and environmental consultancy. The final year project will enable you to showcase your knowledge and expertise by exploring a topic of interest. This can be done with our research teams or with a conservation organisation.
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods include:
- group projects
- practical exercises.
Throughout your course you will develop transferable skills such as:
- public speaking
- using industry-standard specialised software
- report writing.
Our teaching staff are experts in research work.
Practical and field work is an important part of the course and you will have the opportunity to participate in research projects.
Our assessment methods are rigorous and engaging and include:
- laboratory or field notebooks
- scientific reports
- mock grant proposals
- industry reports
- business plans
- oral presentations.
We encourage you to to reflect on what you learn. By using feedback on assignment together with reflective diaries, you can analyse areas to improve.
The course involves field courses in the Cevennes (in southern France), Devon and locally around Oxford. These give our students the opportunity to gain practical skills.
Our students have also had opportunities to study habitats and species management abroad. One example of such an opportunity is a trip to India. Professor Stewart Thompson is leading a project in the Ranthambore National Park in northern India researching the population dynamics of tigers. More locally, there are opportunities to develop your understanding of captive breeding via zoo visits, for example some students have gained work experience at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
We encourage our students to take part in organised scientific trips overseas with groups. Wildlife African Conservation Team and Operation Wallacea are both fantastic way of gathering fieldwork data for honours research projects. We have links with other conservation organisations that our students can make use of. Through organisations such as the RSPB and Butterfly Conservation, students are able to develop their research skills to address practical conservation issues in the UK.
Our many field work opportunities equip you with the skills you need to further a career in conservation.
Field trip costs: your course tuition fee covers the cost of the compulsory field courses in your course. The cost of any optional field trip (eg visit to Ranthambore National Park in northern India) is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply.
This degree has a strong focus on the UK conservation job market, though many of our graduates end up working internationally too. Throughout the course, we emphasise career development alongside the development of your technical skills.
Our graduates have gone into a variety of roles such as:
- environmental consultant
- field trial officer
Employers have included the Freshwater Habitat Trust, the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre, Natural England, the Environment Agency, various zoos, and wildlife trusts.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.