Passionate about protecting our planet? Explore diverse ecosystems in our labs in Cambridge – a world-renowned centre for wildlife conservation – and on international field trips.
Our oceans need protecting. Gain a deep understanding of the concerns surrounding marine environments and the specialist skills to tackle them on our Marine and Terrestrial Conservation degree in Cambridge.
As a conservation student at ARU, you’ll go on field trips in the UK and Europe. There are also opportunities to view wildlife and ecology in Africa, and experience diving and marine biology overseas.
As a graduate with practical, hands-on experience, you’ll be equipped to work in marine biology, ecology or conservation with governments, environment agencies and research establishments.
Individuals, organisations and governments around the world are increasingly concerned about the welfare of our planet and everything on it. This includes our marine environments where many factors, including human behaviour, have left a large number of species at risk.
Our course allows you to develop a deep understanding of concerns relating to marine environments, and to look at ways of resolving those concerns.
You’ll learn about marine biodiversity locally and around the world, and explore conservation ecology, which aims to support, recover and maintain populations and their habitats.
On our field trips you might experience marine biology in Scotland; zoos in the Netherlands; or wildlife and ecology in Africa. In your second year you’ll take a week-long field trip to north Devon to experience both marine and terrestrial zoology, the costs of which are included in your course fees. There’s also a final-year residential at a UK marine biology station, which is included in your course fees. You’ll need to pay for any optional trips.
Cambridge is becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, with Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre based here. Throughout our BSc (Hons) Marine and Terrestrial Conservation degree, you’ll have opportunities to attend lectures in the city and visit specialist museums and libraries.
There’s also the option to take a placement year as part of your degree.
Gain the internationally recognised PADI Open Water Diver certification.
Experience marine biology first-hand on UK and international field trips.
Observe marine life up close and learn important survey techniques.
Explore a variety of world-class zoo enclosures in the Netherlands.
See how the needs of animals, keepers and the public are considered in zoo design.
Learn about the education, conservation and research work carried out by zoos.
Learn about animal behaviour and ecology on the Hebridean island of Rum.
See stags fighting for territory during the autumn red deer rut.
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Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, our degree course offers an integrated, scientific approach with hands-on experiences.
Helping to protect our planet’s habitats and wildlife is fascinating and rewarding work. When you graduate, you’ll have built a deep understanding of issues relating to marine biology, backed up by your own practical experiences on a variety of field trips.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
As a graduate, you’ll have the specialist skills you need to work in your chosen area of marine biology, ecology or conservation. You could apply for work in the UK or internationally, for employers such as governments, environment agencies, education institutions and research establishments.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a range of postgraduate courses including MSc Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation and MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
"I’ve been lucky enough to [join] both a scuba diving trip to survey the coral reef in Egypt, as well as going to Holland to study zoo enclosures as part of the course. These field courses will not only provide me with unforgettable experiences, but also essential work experience."
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