Natural History and Ecology & Conservation

Anglia Ruskin University
En Cambridge (Inglaterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (Inglaterra)
  • Duración:
    3 Years

The overall aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to describe, identify, and evaluate the conservation status of different species and their habitats. In addition to biological topics, modules which help to develop observational skills such as 'Natural History Photography' are currently available.

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Requisitos: Required subject(s): GCE A-level Biology (or equivalent qualification) GCSE(s) Preferred: English grade C, Mathematics grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


¿Dónde se da y en qué fecha?

comienzo Ubicación
01 octubre 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , Inglaterra
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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

Animal Behaviour
Marine Biology
IT Management
Skills and Training


Course overview

This degree delivers a challenging and rewarding course of study in a fascinating and important field. As conservation and ecological issues continue to rise to the top of the public agenda, it is also a highly relevant topic.

Our course in Natural History was the first of its kind in the UK. It was designed to bring together taxonomic and observational skills - in the way that was so effectively utilised by earlier generations of natural historians like Gilbert White and even Charles Darwin. Darwin wrote of his days in Cambridge when learning about beetles, 'No pursuit at Cambridge was followed with nearly so much eagerness or gave me so much pleasure as collecting beetles... I can remember the exact appearance of certain posts, old trees and banks where I made a good capture'.

The Ecology & Conservation course combines the increasingly important scientific disciplines of ecology and conservation biology. The 'Ecology' provides the theoretical background to the understanding of species, communities, habitats and ecosystems. The question of how to apply that knowledge to maintain habitats, populations and biodiversity comes under the heading of 'Conservation'. Central to the programme is training in the field methods used by working conservationists.

You will study the changing UK countryside. The diversity of habitats around Cambridge provides the opportunity to study fens, heaths, coastal habitat, and woodlands as well as conservation on farmland. Field trips provide opportunities for visits to other habitat types such as moorland and rocky shores.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Biomeasurement
  • Core Biology
  • Ecology
  • British Wildlife and Conservation
  • Plant Life

Year two core modules

  • Preparation for Research
  • BioGIS
  • Practical Biology
  • Practical Biodiversity
  • Communities & Ecosystems

Year three core modules

  • Countryside Management
  • Undergraduate Project
  • Biogeography
  • Biological Conservation

Year one optional modules

  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Animal Form & Function
  • Animal Behaviour in Context
  • Introduction to Marine Biology
  • English for Study I and II

Year two optional modules

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Animal Ecophysiology
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Concepts in Animal Behaviour
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Tropical Ecology & Management
  • Photography and Broadcasting in Natural History

Year three optional modules

  • Mammalogy
  • Biogeography
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Population Ecology & Wildlife Management
  • Coastal Marine Biology
  • Behaviour of Marine Animals
  • Wildlife Management & Conservation
  • Advanced Topics in Behavioural Ecology
  • Practical Marine Biology
  • Behaviour and Management of Zoo Animals


Modules are assessed in a variety of ways. Most are a mix of written assessments, computer-based assessments and written examinations. Additional methods of assessment may include spoken presentations, posters, portfolios and workbooks. Generally, written examinations have a higher weighting in Year 3, but all modules include a coursework component.

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Career opportunities: This pathway is designed to provide you with the specialised skills required to work as a professional in the disciplines of Natural History, Ecology and Conservation. The pathway also provides excellent general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory for a wide range of organisations.