Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Ecology and Conservation
with a Year in Professional Practice

Gain knowledge and skills in conservation and ecology, so you can make a real difference.

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Course overview

Join the oldest undergraduate conservation programme in the UK. Our degree equips future ecology and conservation professionals.

Natural science areas of focus include ecology, wildlife survey methods, rewilding, wildlife management, conservation biology, biogeography, and conservation genetics, and include an emphasis on field-trips with some lab-based training too.

Explore the human dimensions of conservation including climate change, environmental sustainability, species reintroduction, working with rural communities, human-wildlife conflict and conservation policy, so upon graduation, you can make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.

Graduate with skills in wildlife and habitat surveying, data analysis, survey design, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and ecological project management - having planned your own dissertation research project in the final year. Become part of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), an award-winning research centre. You’ll be taught by award-winning DICE staff, giving you the knowledge, skills and global networks to address modern environmental challenges.

Our extensive range of UK and overseas field trips take advantage of the UK’s rich landscapes, our beautiful green campus, and you could even venture to the forests and beaches of Costa Rica on our tropical field course. Kent is now an epicentre of rewilding efforts in the UK, and we take advantage of our proximity to reintroduction projects including the Bison in Blean woods, just a stones throw from the University of Kent.

The year in professional practice gives you the opportunity to spend up to a year undertaking work placements with organisations relevant to your degree programme. Placements can be at home or abroad and give you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context, offering you rare and unique experiences which will set you apart.  

Why study Ecology and Conservation at Kent?

Learning beyond lectures.

Experience a thought-provoking mix of teaching methods, including field visits, lectures, small seminar groups and laboratory sessions.

Real-world experience.

Undergraduate Jess Callaghan writes about her experience on the Tropical Field Course in the Costa Rica jungle.

Learn from experts.

Geography and Environmental Studies at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for research output in the Times Higher Education (REF 2021).

Add a placement year.

Many of our students gain high-quality work experience in exciting conservation placements all over the world.

Outstanding facilities.

Use our very own on-campus field ecology site, modern genetics labs and an Ecology lab for your research.

Everything you need to know about our Ecology and Conservation course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Train in field ecology methods, and gain knowledge on the human dimensions of conservation, international biodiversity frameworks, rewilding, climate change and work with rural communities. Acquire the skill of collecting data to understand threats to biodiversity, establish conservation priorities, and inform decision-making.

How you'll study

Our teaching is research-led as all our staff are active in their fields. In addition to lectures and seminars, we run laboratory-based practicals and field trips. You also have an opportunity to conduct a field-based research thesis in your final year.

Your future

The conservation and environmental sector is an expanding area for employment opportunities. Employers include ecological surveying, local, regional and national government departments, conservation organisations and the private sector, as well as international conservation and environmental organisations.

Our recent graduates have found work as:

  • Ecological officer for various ecological consultancies including Thomson Environmental Consultants
  • Bison Ranger for Kent Wildlife Trusts
  • Conservation Advisor for Natural England
  • Senior Officer, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)
  • Senior Advocate at RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
  • Seabird Ecologist for JNCC (the UK government's conservation advisory body)
  • CITES licensing officer for JNCC
  • Curatorial assistant at Chester Zoo
  • A level Biology teacher
  • Data & GIS Officer at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Keeper at WildWood Trust
  • Data & GIS Officer at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Academic Editor for CACTUS Scientific Publishers
  • Climate Adaptation Officer at Somerset Wildlife Trust
  • Programme Officer at UNEP-WCMC
  • Country Manager at Operation Wallacea
  • Programmes Officer at Save the Rhino International
  • Outreach and Volunteering Officer, Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Project Manager, UK Environment Agency.
Map out your future.
"The placement has really focused me on where I want to go in my career."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Field trips

One day trips that are compulsory to a module are financially funded by the School. Optional or longer trips may require support funding from attendees.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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