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Wildlife Biology

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years
Description

The Wildlife Biology pathway is designed to provide you with the specialised skills required to work as a professional in the discipline of wildlife conservation and management. The programme also provides a very good general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory for a wide range of organisations.

Important information

Requirements: 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.

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Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Animal Behaviour
Management
Biology
Ecology
Marine Biology
IT Management
Conservation
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

Threatened wildlife is a conservation priority and requires specialist knowledge. Wildlife biologists evaluate the population status and habitat requirements of endangered and other wildlife. They know how to manage habitats and populations to change trends, and understand how to take effective action for wildlife conservation. A degree in Wildlife Biology will equip you with the field methods needed to study wildlife and provide an understanding of population ecology and wildlife management. You will learn about the habitat requirements of populations and the consequences of habitat loss and habitat degradation. The scientific understanding of approaches to management will be reinforced by studying the ecology of species, communities, and ecosystems both in the classroom and the field.

The course addresses the three major themes of wildlife ecology, management, and conservation. Early in your programme you will study British Wildlife and Conservation, which is both a general introduction to wildlife biology and a survey of the wildlife of Britain. You will be provided with a strong foundation of knowledge in ecology, wildlife biology and physiology. You will then concentrate on practical and field skills through many of the modules, learning about biodiversity, vertebrate biology and how animals are adapted to their environments. Finally, you will combine your skills to explore population biology, wildlife management and conservation.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Biomeasurement
  • British Wildlife and Conservation
  • Core Biology
  • Ecology
  • Animal Form and Function

Year two core modules

  • Animal Ecophysiology
  • Practical Biodiversity
  • Practical Biology
  • Preparation for Research
  • Vertebrate Biology

Year three core modules

  • Population Ecology & Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Management & Conservation
  • Undergraduate Project
  • Biogeography
  • Biological Conservation

Year one optional modules

  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • English for Study
  • Animal Behaviour In Context
  • Introduction to Marine Biology
  • Plant Life

Year two optional modules

  • BioGIS
  • Concepts in Animal Behaviour
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Tropical Ecology and Management
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Communities and Ecosystems
  • Photography and Broadcasting in Natural History

Year three optional modules

  • Mammalogy
  • Countryside Management
  • Coastal Marine Biology
  • Practical Coastal Marine Biology
  • Animal Welfare and Society
  • Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Domestication and The Behaviour of Domestic and Captive Animals
  • Behaviour and Management of Zoo Animals
  • Advanced Topics in Behavioural Ecology
  • Behaviour of Marine Animals
  • Special Topics in Animal Behaviour

Assessment

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.

Additional information

Comments: Students are given the opportunity to attend a range of day trips (funded by the Department) as well a wide range of residential field courses in the UK and abroad (cost covered by students). Highlights of the optional trips available include Rum National Nature Reserve in Scotland, the Farne Islands in Northumberland, the Red Sea to learn to dive and to survey the biodiversity of its stunning coral reefs, one of Europe's only remaining 'primeval' forests at Bialowieza in Poland, and a safari field course in Africa.