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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Ecology and Conservation Biology

Programme code:BS-ECOL/CBUCAS code:C180
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Steve Sait Contact address:S.M.Sait@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences, interpreted and expressed by the School.

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/2024 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme:

BSc Ecology and Conservation Biology (For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

The BSc Ecology and Conservation Biology programme offers you the opportunity to develop cutting-edge knowledge about how to sustain and conserve biodiversity, and the critical importance of the underlying ecological processes involved. Informed by a research-based ethos of teaching and investigation, you will continuously develop your skills and experience in ecology and conservation. You will combine the fundamentals, which are developed progressively in lectures and tutorials, with lab-based observation and experimentation, and apply that knowledge during residential field courses in different ecological contexts. You will learn, for example, how to measure the distribution and abundance of species, and understand how organisms interact with each other and their environment. As your knowledge and experience develops during the programme, you will be challenged to think creatively about the application of ecology and conservation to contemporary global challenges, such as population management, sustainable agriculture, and reducing the effects of climate change on the natural world.
In addition to the core ecology and conservation modules the programme offers, you can personalise your degree by studying from a wide choice of optional modules that include animal behaviour, evolution, climate change science, and sustainability. This 3-year BSc can also be converted into an integrated Masters (MBiol) with an optional additional year of specialist training.
Year 1
You will study a wide range of topics, including ecology, biodiversity, evolution and genetics. Choose modules such as creating sustainable futures and vertebrate evolution to broaden your ecological perspective.
Topics in ecology and conservation are best understood through observation and practical experience so you’ll explore practical skills in the lab and field, and undertake the first of the residential field courses we offer. Through small group tutorials, you’ll be introduced to ecological and conservation research and its application to global challenges.
At the end of year 1, our flexible degree structure offers you the opportunity to transfer onto other suitable degree courses within the School of Biology.
Year 2
You’ll specialise in key ecological and conservation issues through studying core modules such as population, community and conservation ecology, and build on your skills as scientists through studying experimental design and data analysis.
These core modules will be complemented during two field courses, which will further develop your fieldwork skills. You will study the unique ecology of semi-arid environments of the Mediterranean in southern Spain, while the Urban ecology and conservation field course, designed with a sustainable, low carbon footprint, will introduce you to urban green spaces and the value of biodiversity in building sustainable cities. During these field courses, you’ll be putting your ecological knowledge into practice.
You can tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that you are passionate about. Examples of optional modules include Evolution, Adaptation and Behaviour, which will investigate how organisms behave with each other and respond to challenging environments, while in Sustainable Food Production you will examine the issues around food insecurity, a key global challenge. In the Managing Biodiversity module, you can also examine the threats to biodiversity and the practical steps taken to halt their losses.
At the end of year 2, you will have the opportunity to complete a work pla cement, study abroad, or combined study and work abroad. This will add an additional year of study to your degree.
Year 3
You will further specialise in your chosen discipline by studying core modules, such as Advanced Topics in Ecology and Advanced Topics in Conservation, while you can choose optional modules that include Advanced Topics in Behaviour, and Environmental Law.
You will conduct an independent research project that you choose from a wide range of topics, reflecting the breadth of research undertaken and the expertise of the lecturers on your course. Projects can be laboratory-based, field research, data analysis or literature-based investigations. The choice of project topics include animal behavioural ecology, marine conservation and pollination ecology, and you’ll receive dedicated supervision from a leading expert in the area.
This 3-year BSc can also be converted into a 4-year integrated Masters (MBiol), subject to suitable academic performance and availability. In years 3 and 4 you would receive additional specialist training, study advanced research topics and undertake your own extended research project.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1237Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY1300Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY1307Research & Study Skills Level 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BLGY1327Practical Skills for Zoology and Ecology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

BLGY1141Introduction to Cell Biology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1212Using Biology to Feed the World10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1120Vertebrate Evolution10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1181Ecology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1610Introduction to Creating Sustainable Futures10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY2155Population, Community and Conservation Ecology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2265Urban Ecology and Conservation Field Course20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2297Mediterranean Ecology Field Course20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2304Research and Study Skills Level 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

BLGY2106Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2164How Plants Live20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2220Evolution, Adaptation and Behaviour20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY3133Advanced Topics in Ecology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

BLGY3135Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death
Pre-requisite for: BLGY2222
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3173Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3222Social Biology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution
Pre-requisite for: BLGY2223
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3300Level 3 Field Course (South Africa)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW3134Environmental Law20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 14/05/2024 16:45:45

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