Conservation Ecology
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Prospective Undergraduates


​​​​​Undergraduate Programm​​​​es

Conservation Ecology (B.Sc.ConsEcol)

Conservation ecologists need an excellent understanding of ecological processes, economics & experience with tools/equipment. Programme offers a dynamic approach to Conservation Ecology……. fieldtrips, a 4th year camp, thought provoking lectures & lots of adventure!

First year
​Start in biological sciences (Faculty of Natural Sciences). Modules: biology, chemistry, geo-environmental science, computer skills & mathematics
Second year
​Subjects deal with conservation ecology, biodiversity & ecology (Botany & Zoology) & applied sciences, e.g. computer skills & geographic information technology (GIT), agricultural economics 
Third year
​Continue with conservation ecology, biodiversity & ecology (marine & climate change options), data science & elective courses in biodiversity & ecology, GIT & soil science 
​​Fourth year
​Higher level conservation ecology modules (plus agronomy & a focus on main interests, such as: entomolog​y, GIT, soil science). Students also conduct  research projects (mini-thesis)

Graduate Attribu​​​tes

Graduates of the Conservation Ecology Programme will:

Contribute to the sustainable management of utilized landscapes at all spatial scales (global, continental, national and local). They will have the skills to be professionally mobile. They will be aware of issues in the "real world" and be able to inform policy & management at the multiple scales. They will possess a strong professional tool-kit (academically sound knowledge and skills) that enables them to:

  • Be technologically and analytically proficient
  • Be socially embedded and interactive
  • Be broad-minded, critical & innovative thinkers
  • Be able to transfer theory into practice
  • Be facilitators of positive change in research and management
  • Be able to think globally, but act locally
  • Be transdisciplinary, holistic / systems thinkers
  • Be able to network & able to work in teams
  • Be socially and culturally sensitive & responsive
  • Be decision makers towards positive action for a better, environmentally aware world
  • Be flexible and creative
Our graduates will have well developed generic skills (reading, writing, quantitative skills); they will be inspired, confident, and articulate.