Why study wildlife ecology and conservation?
Conserving biodiversity and avoiding the mass extinction of species are huge global challenges.
Understanding global biodiversity, and the effects of habitat loss and climate change, is crucial in helping us find new and better ways to conserve wildlife both in the UK and around the world.
The skills, scientific knowledge and research experience you’ll gain will put you in an unrivalled position for securing work in this field.
Why UWE Bristol?
MSci Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science is a five-year (six with placement year) course that explores wildlife conservation issues at local, national and global levels. Created in partnership with Bristol Zoo Gardens, it gives you unique access to the zoo’s facilities and expertise.
Mixing theory with practice, along with opportunities to conduct your own original research, you’ll delve into the relationship between wildlife and society, and the impact of human activities on the living world.
Hone your professional skills in natural habitats close to Bristol, including the Severn Estuary, the Cotswolds woodlands and grasslands, the Somerset Levels and Avon Gorge.
Tap into our many links with local conservation organisations, and go on placements, volunteering, field-based work and residential trips in the UK and overseas.
Choose our sandwich course option to spend your third year on a work placement in this country, Europe or further afield, applying your knowledge to topical conservation issues.
Carry out your own extended research project, working within a UWE-based research team, industry, government or an NGO. Gain master’s-level research-skills, including project management, science communication and outreach skills.
Get first-hand experience of practical tools for wildlife conservation such as eDNA, measuring environmental radiation, using UAVs (drones), and other advanced survey techniques.
Explore the steps that can be taken to alleviate biodiversity decline, and get the strong foundation you need for a career in ecological research or conservation.
We are pleased to inform you that Bristol Zoo Gardens plans to expand as they move to their Wild Place in the next few years. This relocation will enable their team to develop future facing wildlife conservation projects and education facilities. This puts UWE Bristol in the unique position of being co-creators of this state-of-the-art facility, providing exciting new opportunities for you as a wildlife conservation student.
Where can it take me?
This course is for people who are passionate about wildlife conservation and want to make a difference through sound science and research.
You could work in national and international wildlife conservation, conservation consultancy, media and wildlife film-making, wildlife and enterprise, or conservation education.
You’ll also be well prepared for a career in research or a PhD.
Longer term, you could work as a lecturer, industry, NGO, government or senior consultancy scientist, science communicator or conservation specialist advisor.