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Animal and
environmental sciences

You care deeply about the natural world, and know that you have the strength and compassion to help shape its future. At ARU, we'll prepare you for careers in animal behaviour, zoology, conservation or marine biology. With many of our courses, you’ll gain hands-on experience on field trips and placements.

Here at the School of Life Sciences, we’ll help you develop your practical skills and knowledge in your area of interest to make an impact. Our experienced staff are active, world-leading researchers, so you'll learn about the most up-to-date methods and findings in animal and environmental sciences.

Our students make a real difference to the planet. During and after your degree, you could find yourself doing research in the laboratory or out in the field, helping conserve endangered species in the wild or in zoos, teaching people about animals and how to protect them, and much more.

Our courses are accredited by various professional bodies, including the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, Institute of Biomedical Science and even recognition from the Royal Society of Biology, so you can be confident you'll graduate with the skills and knowledge employers look for.

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Animal Behaviour

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Learn about animal behaviour, habitats and conservation
  • Get hands-on experience on field trips
  • Study in Cambridge, a centre for wildlife conservation

Marine and Terrestrial Conservation

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Learn about marine biodiversity around the world
  • Explore ways to protect and conserve our oceans
  • Join field trips to a marine biology station, and more

Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

Undergraduate - FdSc

Study in:
University Centre West Anglia (Milton)
Available as:
Full-time
Course features
Gain 1,800 hours placement in a vets’ practice while learning practical skills at University Centre West Anglia. This three-year foundation degree offers lots of hands-on contact with animals so you can learn to provide the treatment and preventative care needed to become a registered veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
University Centre West Anglia (Milton)
Available as:
Full-time
Course features
Our four-year honours degree offers 1,800 hours on placement. Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), it will give you expert nursing care skills and experience needed to register as a veterinary nurse when you graduate.

Zoology

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Explore the diversity of animal species across the globe
  • Study wildlife conservation and management
  • Take part in field trips in the UK, Europe and Africa

Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation

Postgraduate - MSc

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Gain an understanding of the application of animal behaviour to conservation, and develop the practical skills you need for a career in animal conservation. You'll train in the technologies and scientific methods used in animal behaviour research and how these can be applied to solve modern conservation problems.

Applied Wildlife Conservation

Postgraduate - MSc

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Develop the practical skills you need for a career in wildlife conservation. The course was developed in partnership with environmental organisations to ensure you’re skilled and employable in this rewarding area. It allows development of skills including the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, research skills and communication skills, with an optional laboratory-based module on conservation genetics.

Sustainability

Postgraduate - MSc

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
,
Distance learning
Course features
Be part of our Global Sustainability Institute and learn in partnership with the Eden Project. You'll meet sustainability researchers from a range of disciplines and learn from inspirational practitioners, as well as gaining hands-on experience. This unique blend of distance learning with residential stays in Cambridge and in Cornwall provides an opportunity to study while working, without relocating.

Biology

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
As a postgraduate researcher you will join an interdisciplinary group, within the School of Life Sciences, which is well-connected with industry and fellow research institutions worldwide. PhD candidates are encouraged to take an active role in the School's research community in areas currently spanning global change ecology, conservation and animal behaviour and welfare.

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