Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
88 - 104 UCAS points
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The one-year work placement is organised and managed through a dedicated placement unit at Harper Adams. To further support you on placement the countryside and wildlife team have a course specific placement manager and academic staff to visit you on placement twice during the year to review your progress.
The industrial placement gives you the chance to work in a course-relevant wildlife conservation or resource management environment in the UK or abroad. This generates excellent applied knowledge and really enables you to put into practice the skills gained in the first two years of study.
There are also long-term careers benefits as employers value the combination of academic knowledge and hands-on skills gained from real world experiences.
Accredited by: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
This course has been awarded Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) accredited degree course status. We are one of the first UK universities to receive this accreditation.
This course provides comprehensive training in modern wildlife management techniques and is designed to introduce key concepts of wildlife conservation, biodiversity and sustainable resource management. Students will develop a broad understanding of the scientific principles required for effective management of our wild flora and fauna, which is increasingly coming under pressure as a result of human activity.
Combined with a sound scientific underpinning students will gain hands-on experience in the techniques of collecting, analysing, and interpreting data for the conservation and management of our wildlife and natural resources.
All first year Wildlife students attend the practical ecology field trip as part of their course. The trip provides students with practical field skills and techniques of quantitative analysis. It normally takes place in May at the Field Studies Council Slapton Ley Field Centre in Devon. This is a seven night residential course, and costs £50*.
In Year 4 there is also the option for final year students to attend a residential Field course to Africa in investigate the management, behaviour and conservation practices of key taxon. Assessment will be in the form of a research project. Costs are likely to be around £2000
All final year wildlife students attend a five night residential field course, currently situated on Anglesey. The course provides students with an opportunity to investigate a real world issue of relevance to the environment and provides advanced data collection, analysis, project management and presentation skills. The trip normally takes place in the autumn term and costs £30*.
*cost includes all meals, accommodation and transport to and from the field centre, and are correct as of the 2018/19 academic year.
Here at Harper Adams we are committed to high standards in teaching and learning.
Teaching methods include student centred learning, resource based learning, independent project work, all of which is delivered in a variety of formats: including lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition to this, research-led learning is encouraged where students can be exposed to relevant research in a number of ways, from learning about the work of others and its relevance to wildlife resource management to conducting their own studies and field experiments.
To further underpin the applied nature of this course visiting speakers from within the sector are used and practical field work and site visits form essential elements in the learning method as they provide the contextual relevance for students to establish the link between theory and practice.
Assessment of student learning is conducted using a variety of methods. Each course module is assessed by a combination of coursework and an end of year exam. A part of the assessment process, student feedback forms an important element in the learning process. All students receive verbal and written feedback on their coursework and exam scripts.
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Graduates can expect to find employment in a diversity of sectors revolving around the sustainable land use and management. A range of organisations including local government, large corporations, developers and NGOs such as Wildlife Trusts employ staff with expertise in survey, management and assessment of wildlife populations.
Projects, large and small, require work to mitigate impacts, particularly where protected species and habitats of conservation value are present. An understanding of animal behaviour and welfare, population ecology, field skills, conservation science and underpinning environmental legislation will open up opportunities for graduates from this course. Placements have seen students working with ecological, and planning consultants, the National Trust, and AONB advisors working with farmers to enhance wildlife habitat. Graduates can also expect to find employment within the more traditional countryside management sector in warden and management roles with a focus on ecological management of land and wildlife.
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