Acquire the practical skills used in wildlife conservation and zoos
Take a global perspective in studying wildlife and conservation issues
Work placements in the UK, Europe and worldwide
This course is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of wildlife, wildlife ecology and environmental problems threatening species, from both theoretical and practical points of view. You will cover both physical and biological components of the environment as well as studying specialist modules in wildlife and environmental areas.
Wildlife and Practical Conservation gives you the chance to focus on general conservation, the physical environment and landscape and offers students the opportunity to study the ecology and behaviour of animals in the wild.
The University of Salford's Dr Paul Rees explains the educational value of a field trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium.
This course focuses on general conservation, the physical environment and landscape, but also provides the opportunity to study the ecology and behaviour of animals in the wild.
In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological and environmental sciences.
In year 2 the course offers specialist modules in wildlife and environmental areas.
Year 3 includes a dissertation on a wildlife, conservation or zoo biology topic of your choice. Students can generally choose between a literature-based, 20-credit dissertation (requiring the selection of two optional modules) or a field/laboratory work-based 40-credit dissertation (requiring the selection of one optional module). The dissertation module also involves specific components to acquire generic skills.
If you are studying part-time you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.
Plus two options from:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Diploma in Foundation Studies||96 - 112 points, Merit/Distinction|
|European Baccalaureate||Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject|
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||96 - 112 points|
|GCE A level||96 - 112 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM|
|Scottish Highers||96 - 112 points from Higher Level|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96 - 112 points from Higher Level|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points with at least one science subject|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656
You will have a genuine broad interest in wildlife and conservation, enjoy working outdoors in all weathers, and collecting and analysing data.
We expect you to be interested in biology and geography. We welcome applications from mature students who may not have academic qualifications in relevant subjects, but may have experience in zoos or conservation organisations.
Learning opportunities are varied and teaching is through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, small group tutorials, residential field courses and day visits to sites of conservation interest. Independent learning is through guided reading, assignments and preparation of the dissertation.
Your assessment is based on a combination of exams and coursework throughout. This is about 60% exams and 40% coursework. Continuous assessment includes the dissertation, laboratory reports, field notebooks, essays, data response and presentations.
You have many opportunities to work in voluntary and government conservation organisations operating at local, national and international levels. Opportunities also exist for you to work in environmental consultancies, environmental education and in zoos. Previous students have gained employment in zoos, country parks, animal sanctuaries and environmental consultancies.
You have many opportunities to work in voluntary and government conservation organisations operating at local, national and international levels. Opportunities also exist for you to work in environmental consultancies, environmental education and in zoos.
Previous students have gained employment in zoos, country parks, animal sanctuaries and environmental consultancies. Graduates have undertaken research for a PhD including studying orangutans in Borneo, large animals in Tanzania and various projects in urban ecology.
Bethan Shaw – previous student
I chose to study Salford because it was the only University where I could find a very practical course which was in my area of subject interest and as soon as I met the lecturers I was hooked. They showed so much enthusiasm for the subject which I couldn’t find anywhere else. I also chose the course because it had a great combination of module options.
When I started I was worried that I had built the course up before it began but it was everything I wanted from my degree. I am a very practical person and think you can learn so much from being out in the field; this course has so many field trips and lab work that I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in conservation.
You will visit Chester Zoo, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Knowsley Safari Park, Blackpool Zoo, Twycross Zoo, Dudley Zoo and Martin Mere (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust). Staff from some of these institutions lecture on the course.
Students have undertaken work placements in a wide range of countries including South Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Greece, and the USA, working with a very wide range of animals from donkeys and wolves to seals and turtles. You will arrange your placement with our support.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time