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Animal and
environmental science

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.

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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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KASIA KOMAROWSKA

"When we got to the plateau, we found there was a lot of life going on. We managed to explore a bit of land that had not been explored for wildlife since the station had been there."

KASIA KOMAROWSKA

BSc (Hons) Zoology

Kasia's placement on King George Island

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Agri-Food Technology

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
Course features
  • Explore the principles that underpin food security and sustainability
  • Understand how technology can support food production
  • Get hands-on experience with field trips and site visits

Agri-Food Technology

Undergraduate - FdSc

Study in:
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
2 years full-time
,
3 years with foundation
Course features
  • Explore the principles that underpin food security and sustainability
  • Understand how technology can support food production
  • Get hands-on experience with field trips and site visits

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

Environmental Management

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
,
5 years with foundation and placement
Course features
  • Learn how to sustainably manage human impact on the environment
  • Gain practical skills in environmental data management
  • Take part in hands-on, project-based work from day one

Environmental Management

Undergraduate - FdSc

Study in:
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
2 years full-time
,
3 years with foundation
Course features
  • Learn how to sustainably manage human impact on the environment
  • Gain practical skills in environmental data management
  • Take part in hands-on, project-based work from day one

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 biodiversity, ecology and conservation around the world
  • Explore ways to protect and conserve our planet
  • Join field trips to a marine biology station, and more

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.

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.

Professional Doctorate in Science and Engineering

Research - DProf

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
Combine doctoral research with your full-time career, and make a substantial contribution to the development of professional practice in your area. We can offer supervision in specialisms including ecology, conservation and animal behaviour and welfare, biomedical and forensic sciences, built environment, computing, medical and mechanical engineering, molecular biology, psychology or sport and exercise science.
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