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Wildlife Conservation

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WC11 or WC12
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Explore conservation biology, ecology and human-wildlife interaction with a creative interdisciplinary approach, and help develop ways to protect the natural world.

  • Explore the biology of animals, plants and ecosystems in the UK and around the world.
  • Learn in the field, laboratory, classroom and using new technology.
  • Engage in creative interdisciplinary approaches to help tackle one of the world’s greatest challenges.

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This new wildlife conservation degree will give you the opportunity to learn about the lives of wild animals and plants, and explore how you can help to overcome the challenges that they face.

You'll look at the rapidly developing field of conservation biology, including threats to biodiversity and opportunities for habitat management and creation. You'll learn about the biology and behaviour of animals, the importance of a variety of biomes, and the different flora and fauna that they support. You'll consider how we can use this understanding to aid their protection using interdisciplinary approaches.

The course is rooted in biology and will also cover the social and economic issues related to wildlife conservation and the place of wildlife within our lives. You'll be encouraged to explore and develop brave and creative approaches to protecting the natural world including elements from the arts. Fieldwork will form an important part of your study, and you'll build experience and develop practical skills by interacting directly with nature.

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“The Newton Park campus is a fantastic resource for studying conservation. I've learned industry-standard sampling techniques on site, practising on vegetation and watercourses, and I've designed and run a research project here. I've also assisted with great crested newt surveys on campus. The department has decades of wildlife records for Newton Park, providing rich context for many studies.”

Hayley Butler, Biology (Conservation Biology) student

What you'll learn


You'll learn about the lives of animals and plants, how they function together in ecosystems across the planet, and the threats they face in the modern world.

You'll learn about British wildlife in detail using the beautiful Newton Park campus as a natural laboratory, along with UK field trips. You'll also have the opportunity to contrast this with a different ecosystem on an international field trip.

You'll learn practical skills in identification and surveying, using both established techniques and new approaches, and explore how we can use an understanding of human society to create positive change for wildlife. There will also be opportunities to develop your creative side, including activities such as artistic workshops and an optional module in wildlife photography and filmmaking.

Course structure

Year one

You'll study the fundamental concepts of biology, ecology, conservation and natural history. You'll learn key scientific, analytic, practical fieldwork and communication skills that you'll use throughout your degree and beyond.

Year two

Your second year introduces more applied content, and includes key research skills, a work placement opportunity, animal behaviour, ecology, environmental management, and an independent project. You'll learn practical techniques, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), both on campus and on a residential field course, and you will carry out small group projects. There will also be opportunities for multidisciplinary study including fields such as environmental philosophy, creative arts, geotechnologies and education.

Year three

In your third year, you'll learn how to put what you have learned into practice, with a focus on more specific skills needed for the workplace. The year will start with a choice between an international and UK field course which will bring together many of the things you have learned in the first two years. You'll conduct your own dissertation research project and explore how you can work with society to create change through a choice of optional modules. Opportunities for multidisciplinary study will continue, allowing you to take novel approaches to conservation tailored to your interests, for example, environmental politics, marine biology, behavioural psychology and wildlife filmmaking.

How will I be assessed?

The assessments will include written coursework, practical and field work, production of digital materials, creation of artistic work, presentations and some traditional exams. Coursework will typically include practical files, laboratory/field reports, essays and technical reports, as well as reflective blogs, filmed pieces, and resource creation.

Many assessments will allow you to choose the precise focus and tailor your studies around your own particular interests.

How will I be taught?

Most modules, with the exception of some final year independent study units such as the dissertation, will have lead lectures which will introduce the key topics. These lectures will be supported by fieldwork, workshops, laboratory practical classes, seminars, and tutorials, both individual and group. You will also carry out group and individual supervised project work.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Biological Techniques
  • Communicating Science
  • Ecology and the Diversity of Life
  • ‘Endless Forms’: Evolution, Diversity and Biophilia
  • Analysing Nature
  • Environmental Change
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Research Skills for Wildlife Conservation
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • The Wild Muse: Creative Explorations of Nature
  • Biological Systems
  • Biology in Society
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Environment and Education
  • Environmental Management
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Ecology and Nature
  • Geotechnologies for Society and Environment
  • Professional Placement Year
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Dissertation Planning for Wildlife Conservation
  • Dissertation Publication for Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation Field Course
  • Conservation Politics in Africa
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Marine Biology and Conservation
  • Environmental Practice
  • Learning in Science
  • Environmental Politics
  • Plants and People
  • Animal Behaviour


Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.


Fieldwork will form a vital and integral part of your degree. You’ll have opportunities to participate in fieldwork across the three years of study. This will range from use of the natural environment on the campus to residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Field courses, day trips and optional field trips associated with particular modules may require a student financial contribution.

Work placements, industry links and internships

There is an optional work placement module in year two. An optional sandwich (Professional Placement) year runs between the second and third year, allowing you to gain a year’s professional experience during your degree. Previously, our biology students have worked with organisations such as Bristol Zoo, Operation Wallacea, Natural EnglandSnowdonia National Park and local authorities.


A degree in wildlife conservation could lead to a range of professions including conservation advocacy, reserve management, wildlife education and environmental consultancy.

Competitions and awards

Students are eligible for a number of Bath Spa Awards and grants, in addition to prizes such as the best dissertation. There is also a possibility of applying for grants to help with funding international field trips.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

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Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Professional placement year


The Professional Placement Year (PPY) provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your PPY, you'll work to identify roles of interest and secure a placement. The Placements Team will support through timetabled sessions and 1:1 appointments.

How will I be assessed?

As well as completing a minimum of 900 placement hours, you will complete two assessments demonstrating your skill development, growth in professional behaviours and how the PPY has impacted your future career aspirations.

The PPY Bursary

Aiming to make work experience more accessible, we have introduced the PPY Bursary. Students undertaking a PPY can receive between £500 and £1,500 to be used towards placement costs such as travel, food, workwear or accommodation.

For more information and details of eligibility criteria, please visit the PPY Bursary webpage.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based at Newton Park Campus with field locations in the UK and abroad. We will also make use of the university’s other campuses such as the newly refurbished Locksbook Campus, home of the Bath School of Art. You'll have access to our:

  • Laboratories
    Located in the Gardens area of the Newton Park campus, we have a number of well­-equipped and recently refurbished laboratories dedicated to a variety of practical work. Some are used to support field work, others for specialist microbiological culturing, biochemistry and physiology.
  • Low Hazard Laboratory Space
    We have ‘low ­hazard’ laboratory space where you can carry out activities such as the preparation and assessment of food, exercise or psychological studies.
  • Biology Resources Room
  • Commons building
  • Newton Park library
  • Virtual Learning Environment

The campus acts as a natural laboratory, offering woodland and agricultural sites as well as a lake.

There are recently refurbished teaching laboratories and project/research laboratories, with appropriate analytical equipment and physiological data collection systems. High-tech Instrumentation includes HPLC, mass spectrometry, PCR, DNA and protein electrophoresis, and GIS, all of which can be used for student projects.

Interdisciplinary work may take place in other specialist areas, such as publishing studios or arts workshops, within the University’s campuses.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
UK part time £4,625
International full time £16,905

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,381

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We are looking for potential students with:

  • a love of nature
  • a desire to develop a scientific understanding of wildlife
  • a creative approach to conservation, and
  • a willingness to take on the interdisciplinary challenges of conservation in the modern world.

Applicants should be driven to put theory into practice in the field, and be willing to pursue their own research and creative outputs on topics of interest.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBB-BCC including a grade B in a science related subject.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of Grade 5 in a science subject at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

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Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

If you have not studied A-level (or equivalent) Biology then a general biology textbook would be a very useful preparation. There are also a number of popular science texts and free online talks and courses that will provide useful background.

A few examples of relevant popular science/conservation books:

  • Few and Far Between by Charlie Elder
  • Elephants by Hannah Mumby
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • Wilding by Isabella Tree
  • Tamed by Alice Roberts
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Please contact us if you would like more information.

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