Taught course

Conservation Ecology

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants are usually expected to have (or be about to attain) at least a second class honours degree in a related scientific subject from a recognised institution of higher education. If you do not have these academic qualifications, you could still be offered a place on this course if you can show evidence of the potential to succeed based on professional and/or related experiences.

Months of entry


Course content

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

This course is designed to develop the professional and field skills, including identification and survey techniques required for effective conservation. It will familiarise you with the key ecological concepts underlying evidence-based conservation. You will produce professional reports and assessments and undertake monitoring of species and communities. You will also gain additional skills essential for conservation practitioners, for example:
  • Knowledge of international and national wildlife legislation, planning law and environmental policy;
  • IT competencies, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • An understanding of the ecological requirements of different species and the implications of environmental change;
  • An ability to statistically interpret field data.

The course has two pathways: one is focused on conservation within the UK/EU and the other focuses on conservation at the international level.

Information for international students

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
20 months


part time
8 months
full time
8 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483826