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Animal Biology and Conservation
On our Animal Biology and Conservation degree you will study conservation ecology, evolution and developmental biology. And try to answer questions such as:
- How do we best conserve rare and endangered animal species?
- What adaptations help animals cope with life in changing environments?
- How can conservation respond to climate change?
Laboratory and field work are a core part of the degree. And you can put your skills into practice through field work in France and Devon.
You will develop excellent skills including:
- research practice
- data collection and analysis
- research presentation skills
- animal identification and survey techniques required by conservation practitioners.
We have great links with regional environmental organisations and local employers. We help to provide exciting work placements and career opportunities for our students. Our students have gone on to work with:
- conservation trusts
- government agencies
- wildlife centres
How to apply
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Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
Compulsory modules in Year 1 include:
- Biodiversity (double)
- Cell Biology & Genetics
- The Physical Environment: The Underlying Science
- Field Course: Identification and Methodology
- The Practising Scientist
In Year 2 and Year 3 you acquire the laboratory and field based skill sets necessary to the discipline. You will focus on techniques that conservation professionals need, such as animal identification and survey techniques. With a mixture of academic and practical skills, you'll be trained and ready for a range of careers within animal biology and conservation.
- The Green Planet
- Special Study in Life Sciences
- Environmental Processes, Pollution and Climate Change
- Data Carpentry
- Geographical Information Systems
- Field Course: Surveys and Licensing
- Animal Behaviour
- Threatened Species
- Science and Humanity
- Environmental Change
- Environmental Consultancy
- Interpreting Environmental & Ecological Complexities
- Independent Study in Life Sciences
- Work Experience
- Professional Skills & Techniques
- Advanced Topics in Wildlife Conservation
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
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.
After you graduate
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). This has professional recognition, which should enhance your career prospects once you graduate.
Our graduates have developed careers in a variety of roles in biological conservation. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work for conservation trusts (eg RSPB) and government agencies (eg Environment Agency). Our students have been employed as ecological consultants and research biologists at wildlife centres and zoos.
Employers also value the transferable skills you gain at Oxford Brookes. Many of our graduates go on to have diverse careers in management, journalism and the media.
Many of our graduates will go on to research positions or enrol on specialist Masters Programmes including our MSc Conservation Ecology.
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.
Information from Discover Uni
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.