Ecology and Conservation - BSc (Hons)

Our planet needs protecting. Gain a deep understanding of the concerns surrounding different environments and the specialist skills to tackle them on our Ecology and Conservation degree in Cambridge.

Course details

Passionate about protecting our planet? Explore diverse ecosystems in our labs in Cambridge – a world-renowned centre for wildlife conservation – and on international field trips.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Individuals, organisations and governments around the world are increasingly concerned about the welfare of our planet and everything on it. This is true in every environment where many factors, including human behaviour, have left a large number of species at risk.

Our course allows you to develop a deep understanding of concerns relating to the various environments in the world, and to look at ways of resolving those concerns.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


Helping to protect our planet’s habitats and wildlife is fascinating and rewarding work. When you graduate, you’ll have built a deep understanding of issues relating to marine biology, backed up by your own practical experiences on a variety of field trips.

As a graduate, you’ll have the specialist skills you need to work in your chosen area of ecology or conservation. You could apply for work in the UK or internationally, for employers such as governments, environment agencies, education institutions and research establishments.


We’ll assess you regularly so that you can check your progress. We’ll use a range of methods, including exams, essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, reviews of scientific papers and laboratory skills tests.

  • Animal Physiology and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Ecology and Conservation
  • Principles of Biology
  • Quantitative Techniques and Tools for Biologists
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 4
  • Aquatic Biology and Conservation
  • Principles of Genetics and Evolution
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Field Skills in Biology
  • Marine and Terrestrial Communities
  • Biological Research Skills
  • GIS and Spatial Ecology
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 5
  • Current Topics in Marine Biology
  • Practical Marine Biology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
  • Undergraduate Major Project

Optional modules

  • Tropical Ecology and Management
  • Biogeography
  • Behavioural Ecology