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Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology

Bangor University
3 years
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Bachelor's degree
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Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology

About this program

Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology

This degree is professionaly accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

This course will teach you how to apply ecological sciences to the real-world needs of sustainable management and natural resource conservation across terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Current thinking in environmental management recognises the need for holistic practices which acknowledge the interrelatedness of the terrestrial and aquatic environments. As well as studying fundamental ecology, you will develop skills that allow you to assess the impact of policy decisions on management. You will be well prepared for the future job market as public and private sector organisations are increasingly paying attention to the sustainability and environmental impact of their operations.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is a minimum of 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels: including grade C in a science subject at A2 level (e.g. Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Economics, Statistics, Psychology). Excluding General Studies.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H5 in a science subject)
  • Access: Science/Environmental-based Access course
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, Applied Science, Forestry & Arboriculture, or Animal Management: DDM
  • City & Guilds Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, Forestry & Arboriculture, or Animal Management: Distinction
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land & Wildlife Management: Distinction
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Laboratory Skills: DDM
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Environmental data & analysis
  • Organismal Diversity
  • Env. Management & Conservation

Semester 2

  • Ecosystem Function & Services
  • Environmental data & analysis
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Tiwt Acad.&Sgiliau Allweddol (Semester 1)
  • Academic Tutorials&Key Skills (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Methodoleg maes (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • GIS & Research Methods
  • Marine Ecology

Semester 2

  • GIS & Research Methods
  • Conservation Practice
  • Field Course: ACE

Optional Modules

  • Evolution & Genetics (Semester 1)
  • Marine Physiology & Behaviour (Semester 2)
  • Principles of Conservation (Semester 1)
  • Remote Sensing & Geophysics (Semester 2)
  • Catchment Processes (Semester 2)
  • Behavioural Ecology (Semester 2)
  • Plant Diversity & Conservation (Semester 2)
  • Vertebrate Biology (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Herpetology (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Honours project

Semester 2

  • Marine Conservation & Exploit.
  • Honours project

Optional Modules

  • Wildlife Ecol & Conservation (Semester 1)
  • Freshwater Ecosystems 2 (Semester 1)
  • Advances in Behaviour (Semester 1)
  • Marine Mammal Science (Semester 1)
  • Advanced GIS & Remote Sensing (Semester 2)
  • Life in Wetlands (Semester 2)
  • Primatology (Semester 1)
  • Ornithology (Semester 1)
  • Forest Ecosystems (Semester 2)
  • Forest Ecology (Semester 1)
  • Tropical conserva field course (Semester 1)
  • Field Course: Tenerife (Semester 1)
  • Advances in Conservation (Semester 2)
  • Advances in Conservation (Semester 2)
  • Environmental Policy (Semester 1)
  • Catchment Modelling & Analysis (Semester 2)
  • Human Aspects of Conservation (Semester 2)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Please contact the institute for more information.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BSc (Hons) degree.

Career paths

Graduates have gone on to work as environmental managers, ecologists or conservation advisors in terrestrial and aquatic contexts, in the UK and overseas. Others have gone on to further study and research. It is possible to take the course as either a three-year degree or over four years with a sandwich year working with a relevant conservation organisation in the UK or overseas.

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