Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

The emphasis will be on wildlife species and their conservation in the UK, with field visits and residential fieldwork integral to the course.

The emphasis will be on wildlife species and their conservation in the UK, with field visits and residential fieldwork integral to the course.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code DD34
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

  • Develop students’ interest, knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of animals in their natural environments.
  • Enable students to use the knowledge of the behaviour and biology of animals in order to effect the protection and conservation of species and their habitats.
  • Develop practical skills in species and habitat survey alongside techniques in behavioural observation to prepare students for employment.

The emphasis will be on wildlife species and their conservation in the UK, with field visits and residential fieldwork integral to the course. There will also be opportunities to study more exotic species through participation in international field courses and engagement with zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks.

Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 offers a thorough introduction to animal behaviour and the fundamentals of conservation. It also introduces key aspects of ecology, evolution and diversity, biogeography, physiology and ethology. A particular emphasis is placed on the techniques and the skills required for effective fieldwork.

Year 2 looks more closely at the theories behind the ways in which animals interact with each other and with their physical environments. A strong emphasis is put on developing research skills alongside experience of planning and undertaking data collection outside of the classroom. Aspects of conservation biology such as landscape ecology, conservation genetics and the role of captive populations are examined. Options for international field courses and work placements are available.
Year 3 offers an optional sandwich year or alternatively you could progress directly to your final year. This provides more detailed study of animal behaviour and its application in practical wildlife conservation in a range of settings from reserve design and landscape-scale conservation initiatives through to management of captive populations. Further opportunities for international field courses may be offered and you will also undertake and write up your own research project.

Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A graduate of Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation is qualified to seek employment opportunities within a range of careers. Whilst some may continue to higher degree studies (PGCE, MA, MSc, MPhil or PhD), many others enter into employment with organisations in both the public or voluntary sectors such as Natural England, The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Those graduates with a strong behavioural interest often follow careers with zoos, aquaria, game parks and other animal collections where they can bring their expertise to bear on all aspects of species management.
The mix of field-based information collection/recording, practical activity and office-based work is unmatched in most other subject areas. A degree in the relevant area gives individuals a head-start in securing the interesting careers that others envy and will guarantee experiences that will last a lifetime.

Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • The course provides a thorough grounding in the study of animal behaviour, with emphasis on biological diversity, evolution, physiology, ecology and behaviour itself.
  • Conservation is at the heart of the course and there is a strong focus on applying behavioural knowledge in different conservation contexts from site-based management to landscape-scale.
  • Animals are studied from the molecular level up to the whole organism and are considered as members of communities and populations.
  • There are two compulsory week-long field courses, one in the UK and a second in Europe. There are further options to participate in international field courses worldwide as well as opportunities to study abroad with partner institutions in the USA and the EU.
  • The course incorporates an optional work-based placement, for example, at local or regional zoos, wildlife collections, and wildlife-related NGOs.
  • You will find a strong practical emphasis in your studies, putting theory into practice, which prepares you for employment in this field.
  • The course staff have extensive fieldwork, research and consultancy and work experience which feeds directly into teaching.
For more detailed information, check our Animal Behaviour & Wildlife Conservation FAQs

You will develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The theory of how and why animals behave both individually and in social groups;
  • The legislative framework for wildlife conservation and conservation practice;
  • The diversity of living organisms, their structure and life processes;
  • The classification and identification of animals and their habitats;
  • Recent advances in behavioural and conservation science and the philosophical and ethical issues involved;
  • How to use the knowledge of the behaviour, ecology and biology of animals in order to effect the protection and conservation of species and their habitats.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Field courses are offered as optional International Studies modules at Level 5 (Not HND) and Level 6.

Cost is met in full by the student. Location and precise length varies year-on-year (South Africa, Azores, India, Ecuador).

Including flights and with differing destinations and time lengths this is estimated at between £1200-£2500. 

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

  • A-Level minimum of BB or CDD to include a science subject preferably Biology.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma MMP, QCF BTEC Diploma DM (in Animal Management/Applied Science) 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma requires 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 18 Science credits at Merit.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Royal Society of Biology

Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of associate membership.

Royal Society of Biology

Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of associate membership.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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