The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science (with Foundation Year) programme taught at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a five-year (six with placement year) course that explores wildlife conservation issues at local, national and global levels. Created in partnership with Bristol Zoo Gardens, it gives you unique access to the zoo's facilities and expertise.
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Overview

The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science (with Foundation Year) programme taught at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is for people who are passionate about wildlife conservation and want to make a difference through sound science and research.

Why study wildlife ecology and conservation?

Conserving biodiversity and avoiding the mass extinction of species are huge global challenges.

Understanding global biodiversity, and the effects of habitat loss and climate change, is crucial in helping us find new and better ways to conserve wildlife both in the UK and around the world.

The skills, scientific knowledge and research experience you'll gain will put you in an unrivalled position for securing work in this field.

Where can it take me?

This course is for people who are passionate about wildlife conservation and want to make a difference through sound science and research.

You could work in national and international wildlife conservation, conservation consultancy, media and wildlife film-making, wildlife and enterprise, or conservation education. 

You'll also be well prepared for a career in research or a PhD. 

Longer term, you could work as a lecturer, industry, NGO, government or senior consultancy scientist, science communicator or conservation specialist advisor.

Careers

By the end of the course, you'll be well set up for working with national and international conservation organisations, or ecological consultants such as Wildlife Trusts, The Woodland Trust and other non-government organisations (NGOs).

Practical experience in plant and animal survey work, competency at mapping (GIS) and knowledge of monitoring protected species such as great crested newts, reptiles, bats, badgers or water voles are especially valuable in finding rewarding jobs.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Applicants can make a 'late' UCAS application up until 30 June, and at UWE Bristol, we continue to accept applications to a course until it’s full.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Duration: Five years full-time; six years sandwich

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biology in Practice
  • Chemistry in Practice
  • Skills for Science
  • People and Science
  • Life on Earth
  • The Earth
  • Wildlife and Society
  • Field Skills

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

Pathway Courses

Some international students may need additional education in order to qualify for a degree. In conjunction with its partner organisation, Kaplan International Pathways, the University of West England, Bristol offers a number of entry route options for students, including undergraduate and postgraduate pathway courses.

A pathway course offers complete preparation for university-level study, and is taken at the UWE Bristol’s International College. Upon successful completion of their course at the required level, students planning to progress are guaranteed a place on their chosen degree.

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Science AS or A2. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS-level
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include level 3 credits in Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The funding that you are eligible for depends on your fee status, the type of programme you are studying and when you start your UWE Bristol studies. 

Please note: To be considered for a scholarship, you must hold an offer to study at the University and fulfil certain eligibility. The scholarship availability, amount and eligibility will depend on the country and/or region that you come from.

For the best chance of being considered for a scholarship, we recommend that you apply early for the course that you are interested in studying.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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