WildlifeConservation

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: Foundation year £7,700 then £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: Foundation year £9,570 then £12,660 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: 6Z79

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four year full time degree course (first year foundation course)

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

GCSE EQUIVALENTS ACCEPTED. One A2 in related subject.

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by conservation experts and will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in a professional conservation organisation. Develop your knowledge and key skills in ecology, genetics, evolution and animal behaviour, and how to apply these to conservation practice. The degree also offers diverse placement opportunities in areas such as otter surveying, habitat and vegetation mapping and the rehabilitation and welfare of endangered species. Plus you will be able to go on overseas field trips.

  • Overseas field skills trip included in the fees in level 5(currently goes to Tenerife) and opportunity for self-funded overseas field expedition in level 6(currently goes to Costa Rica)
  • Option to undertake a 4 to 6 week placement and/or a 12 month sandwich placement in the UK or overseas
  • Teaching from conservation experts involved in collaborative research projects and consultancy, including primate conservation, large African mammal conservation, human wildlife conflict, species reintroduction, biogeography and species distributions, bird social behaviour and ecosystem services
  • Learn practical skills including field surveying, animal and plant identification, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and recording animal behaviour
  • Learn conservation practice skills, such as habitat management plans, protected area designation, zoo conservation and conservation technology
  • £6 million invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including specialist GIS and animal behaviour observation software
  • Excellent career prospects in areas such as: nature reserve management; conservation NGOs; zoos; aquaria; wildlife parks; conservation charities; conservation and environmental government bodies; and ecological and environmental consultancies

Studying for the Wildlife Conservation degree has introduced me to a wide range of issues relevant to the modern conservation biologist. My analytical and written skills have improved so much.

Andy, recent graduate

Highlights were having the opportunity to work as a Ranger’s assistant at Shrewsbury Countryside Unit, undertaking a Tropical Expedition module to Costa Rica and completing my own research on leaf-cutter ant behaviour and ecology.

Medi, recent graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

As part of your work-related learning, you have the opportunity to undertake a short (4-6 week) work-based placement or a 12-month placement with a relevant organisation in the UK or abroad.

This work experience will not only give you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt at LJMU, it will also help you develop your personal skills, give you a year’s break from formal study and add real value to your CV. Such experiences are not only extremely rewarding, they can often lead to permanent employment with the same organisation or through contacts made.

Recent sandwich placements have included: tracking game birds at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust; evaluation of top wildlife sites on an MoD estate; surveying sea birds with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust; rearing of endangered species at Blackpool and Chester Zoos; and working for a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Bulgaria.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

Throughout your course you will have the support of a personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related matters in both tutorial sessions and one-to-one progress review meetings. These meetings are to monitor your performance and identify action plans for improvement.

A dedicated supervisor will also provide support during your research project and/or work-based learning, including visits to your workplace if you opt for the 12-month work placement.

Course details

Responding to greater public awareness of the environment and increasing concern about the exploitation and destruction of wildlife resources, this exciting degree programme examines the causes of biodiversity loss and develops practical and sustainable ways to halt and reverse it.

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Wildlife Conservation honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

About the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation degree

With greater public awareness of the environment and increasing concern about the exploitation and destruction of wildlife resources, this BSc degree looks at the causes of biodiversity loss, provides underpinning scientific knowledge into biodiversity loss and develops practical and sustainable ways to halt and reverse it.

During the course you will develop your knowledge of ecology, genetics, evolution and animal behaviour and apply this knowledge to develop practical solutions to conservation problems and conservation practice. You will also develop practical skills, such as animal and plant identification, wildlife surveys and conservation technology, recording animal behaviour and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). These are the skills and knowledge you need to work in a professional conservation organisation.


A key feature of this programme is the opportunity it presents to observe wildlife first hand in natural habitats. There are a large number of UK-based fieldtrips throughout the course, as well as an international field trip at level 5, which is currently to Tenerife.You will also have the opportunity to go on an international trip at level 6, which is currently to Costa Rica to study cloud forest – the research site of one of LJMU’s experts on primate conservation – and coral reef habitats.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a short (4 to 6 week) placement and/or 12-month sandwich placement with an organisation in the UK or overseas.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

  • Skills and Perspectives in Science I
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science II
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Wildlife Studies
  • Understanding the Environment
  • Introductory Chemistry and Cell Biology

Level 4

  • Ecology
  • Evolution and Inheritance
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Environment, Society and Sustainability
  • Skills for Wildlife Conservation
  • Fundamentals for Scientific Research

Level 5

  • Wildlife and Ecosystem Management
  • Conservation Practice and Management Skills
  • Ecology Field Skills (includes week long international residential – current Destination Tenerife)
  • Research Skills and Employability

The following options are typically offered:

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Marine and Freshwater Biology
  • Wildlife Forensics
  • Conservation Technology
  • Terrestrial and Marine Systems

Sandwich degree

  • Year-long placement

Level 6

  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Conservation

The following options are typically offered:

  • Frontiers of Ecology
  • Primate Social Systems
  • Zoo Conservation and Genebanks
  • Sustainable Natural Heritage
  • River Monitoring and Management
  • International Expedition (currently to Costa Rica)
  • Work Based Learning

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via lectures and seminars with interactive workshops in the form of group discussions, practical demonstrations and fieldwork and laboratory sessions, which give you the chance to observe animals and plants first hand and develop your practical skills.

Small tutorial groups provide a forum for discussing course material more informally. Lecture material can also be found in our library and on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors are at the forefront of modern research and teaching in ecology and conservation. Their research interests include:

  • Primate conservation
  • Large African mammal conservation
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Species reintroduction, habitat restoration and conservation planning
  • Species distributions and climate change
  • Conservation drones and sensors
  • Ecosystem services
  • Indigenous groups and conservation
  • Community ecology
  • Animal behaviour and animal learning and cognition
  • Biogeography and the evolution of island reptiles
  • Sustainability and Natural Resource Management
  • Peatlands and heathland restoration
  • Fresh water habitat monitoring and management
  • Development of marine communities

We have a team of research ecologists and conservationists, many of whom have links with active conservation projects and organisations in the UK and in places such as Africa and Asia. We are proud to have internationally-renowned animal behaviour specialists within the School who are currently researching primate social behaviour, bird behaviour and animal learning and cognition. Our Environment Research Group has expertise in monitoring and management of fresh water habitats, impact and adaptation to climate change and pollution ecology.

This active involvement in so many different areas of wildlife conservation feeds directly into the programme, so you can be assured of a rich learning experience with many opportunities to meet professional conservationists when they give specialist lectures or during fieldwork.

The academic team also has links with local, national and international conservation agencies, such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the British Ecological Society, Wildlife Trusts and the North of England Zoological Society. They provide consultancy advice and form collaborative partnerships via research projects and membership of trustee boards.

Assessment and feedback

Most modules are assessed by coursework (50%) and exam (50%) or by coursework only.

All students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Exams may therefore include a range of question types e.g. multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning and essay. Coursework assessment could be in the form of phase tests, fieldwork/practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays or the evaluation of your practical skills, and are based on individual assignments though some require group work.

Feedback on coursework assessments is normally provided within three weeks of submission and may be via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

Image of lab

Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Long-term career prospects for our Wildlife Conservation graduates are excellent, with opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

The range of careers open to our BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation graduates is vast. You will enjoy opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

Graduates find jobs in nature reserve management, conservation NGOs, zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, conservation charities, countryside ranger departments, ecological consultancies, fisheries management, agri-environment advisory services, environmental education, ecological research and overseas conservation projects.

Recent graduates can be found working as wildlife trust reserve managers, wildlife rangers, environmental and ecological consultants, zoo keepers, zoo scientific and education officers and children’s nature activities leaders.

Postgraduate study or research is another option. LJMU currently runs two conservation MSc programmes – MSc Wildlife Conservation and UAV Technology and MSc Primate Behaviour and Conservation.

One of our graduates is currently undertaking a research degree within the School, assessing the effectiveness of vegetation buffer zones on maintaining water quality.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

The degree is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

The academic team also has links with local, national and international conservation agencies, such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the British Ecological Society, Wildlife Trusts and the North of England Zoological Society. They provide consultancy advice and form collaborative partnerships via research projects and membership of trustee boards.

Ches Accredited

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

Take the next steps towards your future today