Natural history is the study of organisms and the environments in which they live. This is a diverse and exciting subject that covers the study of animals, plants and their environments, along with earth and environmental sciences.
You’ll study diﬀerent organisms – how they are identified, their life history, relationships, behaviour and conservation. You’ll also understand the processes that shape our land, coastlines and climate.
You’ll explore the diversity of life, wildlife management for conservation, animal biology, geo-sciences and environmental survey skills. You’ll also develop skills in experimental design, ecological surveying and field research techniques, and data analysis.
Studying Natural History will take you out of the classroom and into the digital production suite, where you will develop specialist skills in science communication, photography and film-making.
Our Natural History degree has a strong practical field element for you to gain key skills in a range of environments. Presently, students go on field courses to Pembrokeshire, Iceland, and on the optional Natural History expedition to Botswana*.
What you will study
On our Natural History degree you will get to explore the diversity of life, wildlife management for conservation, marine biology and environmental survey skills. A key feature of this Natural History degree is gaining practical skills that you can apply on land, in freshwater environments and in the oceans. To develop these skills, you will go on a range of one-day and residential field courses operating in both the UK and overseas. Overseas field trips presently go to Spain, Iceland and an optional module to Botswana*. Wildlife photography and film-making is another exciting part of the course where you will develop your skills to produce a documentary.
On this fascinating natural history degree, you will study modules on Geographic Information Software (GIS) and research methods to help you understand how to analyse and interpret data collected during experiments, and how to communicate your findings to inform wildlife conservation objectives. Topics in these modules include manipulating spatial data with ArcMap and statistical computer programming skills.
Your first year modules aim to give you the underlying foundation knowledge in the subject areas that you will be pursuing. In the second year we explore biological, geo-physical and ecological themes whilst enabling you to choose an optional module in one of the subject areas.
The final year builds on your knowledge and skills, and again allows you to choose an optional module. During the final year you will undertake a substantial project of your choice. This can involve conducting an original scientific research project, or producing a documentary film or photographic portfolio.
Year One: Natural History Degree
- Principles of Ecology
- Evolutionary Botany and Zoology
- The Dynamic Earth
- Landform Systems
- Digital Production for Natural History 1
- Observational Fieldwork
Year Two: Natural History Degree
- Vertebrate Zoology
- Biodiversity and Biogeography
- GIS for Wildlife Conservation
- Natural History Field Course
- Reconstructing Change
- Digital Production for Natural History 2
- The Evolving Earth
Year Three: Natural History Degree
- Advanced Ecology
- Marine and Freshwater Biology
- Mediterranean Field Excursion
- Natural History Research Project
- Natural History Field Expedition
- Work-based Learning
- Climate Change
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