Ecology, Conservation and Environment (research placement) MSci

Ecology, Conservation and Environment

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAA
UCAS code:
CD02
Start date:
September 2018

If you want to understand the science behind the world’s most serious environmental and ecological challenges, this is the course for you.

You learn from experts influencing global debates and study diverse topics including sustainable development, endangered species conservation and animal behaviour.

This course includes an integrated Masters year, with paid summer research placements, allowing you to develop advanced research skills and work with several of our research groups.

Outside the classroom, you gain real-world ecological experience through UK and international field trips, and develop career skills through modules on research methods and technologies such as Geographical Information Systems.

Sussex emphasises the importance of practical fieldwork and we’ve been to a variety of fascinating habitats.”Bailey Hemphill
Ecology, Conservation and Environment BSc 

MSci or BSc?

We also offer this course without research placements, or as a three-year BScFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAA

Subjects

A-levels must include at least one from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies or Physics. Where you are taking a science subject that has the separate science practical assessment, the University would normally expect a pass. If students are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits all at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma will need to contain substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in science subjects.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

36 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with a grade of at least 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma would normally need to be in Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules in Biology- and Chemistry- related topics. Alternatively, you will also need an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies or Physics alongside the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAAAA

Subjects

Highers must include one or two science subjects (other than Maths). Ideally, you will have at least one science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Advanced Higher.

GCSEs

You will also need Mathematics and Chemistry at Standard Grade, grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade A and AA in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels must include at least one from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies or Physics.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

36 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with a grade of at least 6.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 83%

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 15/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with good results (14/20) in at least one science subject other than Mathematics.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.6 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results (14/15) in at least one science other than Mathematics is essential.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H1,H2,H2,H2.

Additional requirements

Highers will need to include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with a grade H1.

You must have at least grade O5 in Mathematics and English.

 

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 90/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole- Pass with an overall average of 5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • 1st in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017).
  • 100% for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).
  • Focus on field teaching – explore the South Downs National Park on local field trips, or go on overseas trips to Portugal and Ecuador.

Course information

How will I study?

You study through a mix of lectures, small-group tutorials, seminars. workshops and laboratory classes.

There is lots of field work – on campus, in the South Downs National Park and on a series of residential field courses. You also go on a marine biology field course.

You gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of ecology and conservation. You explore topics including:

  • environmental management
  • sustainable development
  • environmental risks and hazards.

You can also take electives from outside your subject.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You choose from a range of modules and can specialise in topics such as:

  • conservation
  • sustainable development
  • climate change and resource management.

You go on two-week field courses and can go on a field course in the Mediterranean.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you.

Research placement

You can apply to do a summer research placement during each summer vacation throughout your degree (except for your final year). The research placement gives you experience of working in the environmental/conservation area. You develop professional skills and make invaluable contacts to help you in your future career.

You can do your placement in the School of Life Sciences at Sussex, or with local or national wildlife charities, ecological consultants, or governmental organisations like Natural England. 

Find out about other placements and internships

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

In your third year, you get to meet leading conservation practitioners and visit various on-the-ground conservation projects. You can specialise by choosing from a range of advanced topics. 

One of our course’s highlights is the research project. This is where you conduct your own three-month project and work within a research team. You draw on and apply the skills and understanding you have developed in the first and second year.

You can also go on an optional overseas trip to Ecuador.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

How will I study?

In this year you work towards your integrated Masters degree.

You develop your research skills, and you focus on a major research project. This project takes up three-quarters of your time and you produce a scientific publication.

You also develop your skills through a range of other options, including field trips and advanced research topics.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

My research, which I feed into the modules I teach in tropical rainforest conservation, focuses on endangered species and biodiversity hotspots.Dr Mika Peck
Lecturer in Biology

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you'll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You'll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

95% of Department of Life Sciences students were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates are now occupied as:

  • tree surgeon, R W Green
  • research assistant, Swansea University
  • intern, Science Media Centre.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

You’ll develop skills in problem-solving, analysis, laboratory work and communication. About one in five of our graduates go on to further study, and we provide you with an excellent preparation for a career in:

  • research and consultancy
  • biotechnology and health
  • other roles in ecological and related sciences.

You are supported through careers-focused events – including drop-in sessions, talks and workshops – tailored to your subject. Access to careers support from Sussex continues after you’ve graduated.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

The skills gained from field trips and writing up my own research have been highly valuable in securing positions.”Sam Crofts
Research Assistant, University of Oxford

Introduction to Evolution and Biodiversity

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

It has been said that 'nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution' (Dobhansky, 1973). Understanding the principles of how the diversity of life has evolved is essential for any biologist. This module will introduce the basic theories and priciples in evolutionary biology including the mechanisms by which it works. The module will also introduce you to the diveristy of life and how it is classified using selected taxonomic groups of organisms as examples to teach the core principles.

The Natural World

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This interdisciplinary module provides you with a foundation for studying physical geography and ecology. After introducing systems theory and major evolutionary and ecological questions, it considers geology (Earth structure and composition, continental drift, plate tectonics, geological time), setting a framework for studying macro-evolution (patterns and processes, history of life, major extinctions and radiations, historical biogeography). This is followed by an introduction to earth system science, focusing on the hydrosphere and biosphere, and leads into macro-ecology, where we discuss local to global patterns of biodiversity, factors controlling species distribution and abundance, biogeography.

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module explores contemporary debates on environmental management and sustainable development from a perspective that bridges physical and human geography. It examines the development of core scientific and social theories and discourses that underpin contemporary management of the environment and sustainable development. In particular it explores the trade offs between the three different pillars of sustainability; economics, environment and society. These trade offs are explored in relation to a range of real world problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss and energy use. The module explicitly deals at a range of geographical scales, from the global to the local, as well as considering different approaches to the management of natural resources.

Introduction to Ecology and Conservation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module provides a broad introduction to the main principles of ecology and conservation. Topics to be covered include population ecology (population growth, regulation, species interactions - competition, predation, mutualisms), community ecology (trophic structures and food webs, biodiversity, ecosystem services).

We then move on to macro-ecology, where we discuss local global patterns of biodiversity, factors controlling speicies distribution, abundance and biogeography. Finally we move on to consider applied issues in ecology and conservation, including habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, harvesting and ecological restoration.

Research Methods for Biology, Ecology and Zoology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

There are certain skills and methods that are essential for being a biologist, ecologist or zoologist. Accurate observation and identification of organisms, and curiosity about them, provides the fuel for scientific discovery.

The use of statistics allows us to test our hypotheses, form a quantitative understanding of experimental and observational data, and draw conclusions based on the information we can extract from them.

Writing and presentation skills are then essential to present our findings in a clear and coherent form so that scientists, policy makers, end-users and the general public can understand them.

This module will help you develop these skills. It will consist of three components:

  • an Introduction to Statistics and the use of statistical software to analyse biological and ecological data
  • the development of your ability to research and synthesise the primary scientific literature, and communicate your findings
  • a series of exercises to develop your observation and identification skills, and scientific curiosity.

Biology Research Placement 1

  • Summer Vacation, Year 1

You learn about research methods and practices while you develop your knowledge and understanding of biology.

This is particularly valuable if you are considering a research career. During your research placement in the summer vacation each year, you work as a member of one of the School’s research groups and receive a stipend to cover your living costs.

During your research placement, you explore research methods, learn to understand and use scientific literature, and develop practical skills.

The placement can be done in the same research group each year or a different one in different years. You work on a project to contribute to the research programme of the group.

Lives of Carnivores

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Many of the most charismatic and ecologically important animals have a carnivorous lifestyle. Carnivores are represented in most animal groups, with extant species ranging from white sharks and killer whales to African hunting dogs and lions, and extinct species including famous examples, such as T. rex. In this module you will discover the science behind our understanding of the biology of these exciting animals and learn about their relevance to the different areas of zoology, from physiology and behaviour to conservation and evolution.

The module will introduce you to the different aspects of zoology using charismatic carnivores as case studies, illustrate the way similar ecological problems are overcome in different species, and develop your understanding of the scientific method, including the challenges that face scientific research with carnivores and the techniques used to overcome them.

The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Throughout the diversity of life, from slime moulds to elephants, organisms are; built from cells; function by the expression of genes from DNA to proteins and cellular process via RNA intermediates; and achieve fitness by the flow of genetic information from one generation to the next.

Some organisms are unicellular, while others contain millions of cells that may be specialised to carry out particular functions in the organism as a whole.

However, the molecular and cellular processes of life are remarkably conserved and govern biological systems at all levels of complexity, so a knowledge of the essential principles of cell and molecular biology is important for any biologist, ecologist or zoologist.

In this module, you will gain an introduction to the essential concepts and components of molecular and cell biology, and cover key principles of molecular biology including:

  • the chemistry of life
  • nucleic acids
  • DNA replication and repair
  • laboratory techniques.

You also cover fundamentals of cell structure and function, including comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cell organelles, cell cycles, and microscopy techniques.

This module is designed to give anyone who is primarily interested in whole-organism biology the knowledge of essential principles of cell and molecular biology to underpin your future studies.

Marine Biology and Ecology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The marine environment includes some of the most diverse and biodiverse habitats on the planet. Many of these marine environments, such as rocky shores, are highly dynamic, presenting particular challenges and selection pressures for the organisms inhabiting them. This module will introduce you to some of the basic fieldwork skills of marine biology, and develop your general skills in experimental biology and field research: experimental design, data sampling, organism identification, data analysis and report writing. The module involves a residential marine biology field course and subsequent independent marine biology fieldwork exercises for you to learn and develop these skills.

Neuroscience and Behaviour

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The module deals with nervous and hormonal bases for sensory perception and behavioural action by humans and other animals.

You will be introduced to the basic components of the nervous systems: neurons, synapses and neurotransmitters, and learn how neurons transmit signals and processes information. You will also cover specialisation of the cerebral cortex, looking at lateralisation and language, as well as sensory processing and perception, exemplified by the visual pathway from the eye to specialised feature detectors in the cortex. Finally, lectures on feeding deal with neural and hormonal controls in behaviour.

Conservation Biology I

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

After an introduction to the major threats to global biodiversity, the module will explore a series of broad conservation themes. The first half will focus on the species level, exploring some of the particular threats faced, why species become rare and endangered, and what measures can be taken to halt or reverse population declines and how populations of threatened species can be restored. The module then adopts a habitat and ecosystem focus, working up from a consideration of specific habitats and their management to a landscape approach and exploring methods for repairing damaged habitats and ecosystems.

Environmental Research Skills (E&C)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module will provide all BSc Geography, and BSc Ecology, Conservation and Environmental Policy (ECEP) students with many of the skills they will need for their final year research projects. The module will be delivered by lectures and workshops. Each week a generic lecture will introduce a particular study skill and this will be supported by practical-based workshops in which you will gain experience in these skills. The workshops will last up to 4 hours and will cover an array of environmental research topics.

Upland Ecology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Experience of a wide range of environments and habitats is essential training for any field biologist, ecologist or conservationist. This module will involve a field course to the Yorkshire Dales National Park in late June which will provide access to a variety of upland habitats and species that participants would not normally experience in the rest of their degree at Sussex.

You will develop a familiarity with the ecology of a range of habitats, an ability to identify a range of animal and plant groups to species level, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret quantitative field data.

Conservation Biology II

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The module follows logically from the Conservation Biology I module taught in Term 1. It starts with an in-depth consideration of the major threats to world biodiversity that were first introduced in Conservation Biology I. It then considers the national, European and international system of conservation designations and their associated legal framework. After a consideration of how modern molecule genetics can be used to clarify and address various conservation issues, the module finishes with considering how people and wildlife interact, both positively and negatively, and how emergent conflicts can be resolved.

Conservation Ecology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Experience of environments and habitats in the field is essential for an understanding of the conservation issues that can face them.

This module will involve a field course to Slapton Ley in March/April. The site is an SSSI within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which provides access to a variety of ecologically vulnerable habitats that makes it ideal for learning about conservation biology. You will develop an understanding of, and ability to identify, the main conservation issues for a range of habitats.

Biology Research Placement 2

  • Summer Vacation, Year 2

You learn about research methods and practices while you develop your knowledge and understanding of biology. This is particularly valuable if you are considering a research career.

During the summer vacation of your research placement, you work as a member of one of the School’s research groups and receive a stipend to cover your living costs.

During your research placement, you explore research methods, learn to understand and use scientific literature, and develop practical skills.

The placement can be done in the same research group each year or a different one in different years. You work on a project to contribute to the research programme of the group.

Animal Behavioural Ecology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The module will cover the evolution and ecology of the behaviour of non-human animals. The module will introduce key concepts and methods for studying the evolution of animal beahviour, such as optimisation modelling and game theory then apply them to specific areas such as foraging, animal contests, alternative strategies and social behaviour.

Introduction to Sustainable Development

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module aims to provide an understanding of the principles of sustainable development and, in particular, an introduction to the role of science and technology in contributing to key sustainable development challenges.

We explore the origins of the concept of sustainable development and the core ideas that underpin it. We examine the ways in which sustainable development is interpreted by different interest groups, along with the assumptions made and the contradictions that arise. These ideas are illustrated through a series of contemporary case studies that highlight efforts to address sustainable development challenges from the local to international, and examine the role of science and technology within these contexts.

Plant Biology, Ecophysiology and Technology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Plants provide us with food, a breathable atmosphere, raw materials and medicines whilst removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The first half of this module will look at the origins and evolution of plants and the taxonomy of the major plant groups.

The module will look at plant genetic diversity at the molecular level and look at genetic fingerprinting methods for the assesment of biodiversity in both wild and crop plants. We will then explore how plants sense their environment, take up nutrients and photosynthesise and store metabolites. The final section looks at the methods of producing genetically modified (GM) crop plants for food and biotechnology, and their benefits and potential threats to the environment and human health.

Comparative Animal Physiology and Morphology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module deals with how an animal's physiology is adapted to the environment in which it lives. We will explore how a wide range of animals, including vertebrates and invertebrates, have solved problems posed by their environments, such as ensuring their tissues have sufficient oxygen and food for respiration.

We will study how animals regulate their water loss, temperature, and other aspects of their internal environment. We will also consider how animals sense their environment and how they move through it. Finally, we will consider plasticity and the response of animals to rapidly changing environments, such as those created by climate change.

These various topics will highlight the key principles by which physiological systems have evolved. Solutions may be remarkably similar in distantly related animals indicating convergent evolution but also different even in closely related species indicating divergence.

Evolutionary Biology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The module covers the full breadth of evolutionary biology.

Subjects will include:

  • the fate of individual mutations in populations
  • sexual selection
  • the evolution of altruism and of sex
  • the process of speciation.

Throughout this module, you will develop an understanding of the central concepts of evolutionary biology.

Geographical Information Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Gain an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using both the current industry-standard software, and the increasing number of web-based geographical tools.

You develop a theoretical background which means you look critically at the subject and gain practical skills in using these tools.

You also get experience of data collection, data capture, database, analytical and visualisation techniques, and learn how to produce maps using free web-based applications.

This methodology is illustrated through a range of social and environmental applications, emphasising the decision-assisting potential of GIS analysis. This module is useful if you want to:

  • use GIS software
  • use the products of GIS analysis
  • commission or evaluate GIS work by others.

Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The Mediterranean phylogeographic region includes a diversity of habitats that contrast markedly with those found in the UK and contains very different flora and fauna. Experience of a variety of environments is essential for a good understanding of the ecology of biodiversity and the selection forces driving its evolution. Experience of carrying out research in novel environments is also an essential part of learning to be a field biologist or ecologist. On completion of this module you should be able to design and carry out simple ecological or behavioural field research projects using the flora or fauna of a Mediterranean field site as their study system. You will develop research proposals, conduct field work, analyse your data and present your findings both in written form and in the form of a research seminar.

Conservation in Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The module aims to:

  • familiarise students with the management practices required to maintain key habitats in western Europe, and with conservation issues concerning specific groups of organisms in those habitats
  • examine issues in practical conservation at the level of NGOs, governments and society in general
  • introduce students to professionals currently working in conservation, in order to give them a realistic idea of what the work involves, as well as an indication of employment opportunities.


The module will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars by internal and external guest speakers and field visits to local nature reserves for demonstrations of practical conservation management and survey techniques.

Animal-Plant Interactions

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module examines the impact of social, economic and technological transformations on people, the environment and ecology in the Tropics. A wide temporal perspective will be adopted incorporating historical perspectives, present day impacts and future scenarios. The module will also compare local and international perspectives on wildlife, ecotourism and environmental protection. You will cover, amongst other topics:

  • the continuing impact of colonisation
  • sustainability in marginal environments
  • the roles of indigenous environmental knowledge
  • intellectual property rights
  • and biotechnology.

Coral Reef Ecology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

You learn how coral reefs are one of the most ecologically and economically important habitats on the planet.

Coral reefs have exceptional levels of biodiversity, are critical to the life-history and development of many pelagic as well as reef-associated marine species, and provide critical ecosystem services upon which many human communities rely.

You study how coral reefs are also globally threatened from direct human activities and the indirect impact of climate change.

You learn about marine ecology, and the need for an improved understanding to inform policy and conservation management strategies.

This field course will involve scuba and snorkel-based data collection at coral reefs, giving you the chance to learn and apply techniques from marine biology, develop and test scientific hypotheses, and gain an in-depth understanding of the unique ecosystem of coral reefs.

Life Sciences Final Year Research Project

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This is an individual research project involving the investigation of a biological problem or phenomenon using experimental procedures, or the investigation and evaluation of a medical condition, intervention or treatment using literature-based methods, in addition to patient feedback where possible. You will obtain data and information from either laboratory or field-based experiments; from work performed in silico, or from literature-based research.

Literature Project in Life Sciences

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Palaeozoology of Dinosaurs and Megafauna

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Dinosaurs and other extinct megafauna, from sabre-toothed cats to megalodon sharks, have fascinated most of us since we were children. These animals which dominated the Earth for hundreds of millions of years were incredible for many reasons, and the more we uncover about their palaeobiology the more amazing they turn out to be.

The science of palaeozoology is also a fascinating study in the scientific method, and a useful example of the remarkable insights science can achieve even with only limited material to work with, such as that provided by the fossil record. How can we not only identify animals, but also work out their biology, behaviour and ecology, from only ancient bones and other fossilised material? Guesswork has now been replaced by researchers using a wide range of quantitative techniques to develop a rigorous, detailed understanding of the palaeobiology of animals, making palaeozoology one of the fastest moving fields of scientific research today.

In this module you will learn about the palaeozoology of dinosaurs and other extinct megafauna, from their classification, phylogenetics and evolution, to form and function. You will learn about the scientific evidence behind our understanding of how these animals lived, behaved and interacted with other organisms in their ecosystems, and the techniques, strengths and limitations of the methods that scientists use to study extinct animals.

Social Insects

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The eusocial insects comprise approximately 20,000 species of ants, termites, bees and wasps. Eusociality in these groups has evolved 20­-100 million years ago on approximately 10 occasions and has given rise to highly ­organized societies with up to 20 million individuals. Eusocial insects are of great economic and ecological importance. They are also key model systems in many important areas of biology.

The module is divided into several parts:

1) general background material on social insects, focusing in greater detail on four contrasting areas in which research on social insects is particularly active

2) inclusive fitness theory and relatedness

3) how insect societies are organised

4) another special topic relevant to social insect biology, such as mutualisms and symbioses involving social insects; the ecological importance of social insects; the evolution of eusociality in insects; or using social insects to investigate sensory physiology (topics will vary each year)

There will also be two laboratory sessions from a range including: the honey bee waggle dance, nestmate recognition and guarding in honey bees, organisation of ant trail systems, and reproductive queueing in Polistes wasps.

Tropical Rainforest Science (Field trip Ecuador)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The Tropical Forest Science field module is based at the Santa Lucia Cloud forest Reserve in NW Ecuador. The field station and laboratory were established by the University of Sussex to provide the opportunity for you to gain expertise in tropical plant, invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy. Following an introduction to the wildlife and plants of the region you undertake your own fieldwork project to investigate the unique flora and fauna of this biodiversity hotspot.

Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

You will work in groups on advanced research-led topics in evolutionary biology. Topics may include symbiosis, and sex and variation but will vary from year to year. They will be selected according to staff interests, recent developments in the field and the construction of a coherent package that covers a range of approaches in evolutionary biology, from molecular to ecological. Each topic will be introduced by a 'scene setting lecture' by a member of staff. You will then be given a set of references to relevant papers in the library. Groups will present their reports on the topics, via written material in Study Direct, seminars, reviews and news and view articles. Once you successfully complete the module you will understand recent theoretical and empirical developments in several areas of current research in evolutionary biology, critically read the primary literature in evolutionary biology, synthesise information from the primary literature and present your findings in written analyses and oral presentations.

African Zoology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The rich biological diversity of southern Africa, including ecologically dominant megafauna, and the conservation challenges this presents, makes the region an exceptional place to learn about zoology.

This field course is based at research sites in southern Africa, which provide you with the opportunity to study terrestrial African animals, including some of the charismatic megafauna.

Following an introduction to the sites, you carry out a fieldwork research project to investigate the behaviour, ecology or conservation of African animals. The field course concludes by studying marine megafauna at sites in South Africa.

Conflict & Cooperation in Social Groups

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Conflict and cooperation cuts across the whole of biology and can be studied among genes or among organisms, in societies of micro-organisms, animals and humans, and also in multi-species mutualisms. It is relevant both in the origin of life and in modern-day organisms and societies. The module focuses on factors affecting the balance between conflict and cooperation in human society, vertebrate societies including primates and cooperative breeders, mutualism partners, and genes within organisms. There are eight lectures followed by six two-hour seminars covering research papers in a single area. In the first of these seminars the research papers are presented by the faculty, and in the others by you and your coursemates.

Global Environmental Change

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Tropical Rainforests: Biogeography and Conservation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The module aims to develop an understanding of tropical rainforest (trf) ecosystems and the consequences of their great antiquity, present rapid destruction and uncertain future. You will examine and evaluate the many hypotheses attempting to explain the astonishing species richness of trfs and explore their complex ecological organization. Sustainable use of trfs is contrasted with their ever-increasing destruction by peasant farmers, timber companies, cattle ranchers and other commercial interests. You will learn about the impact of trf destruction on world climates, global biodiversity, and natural resources. Future prospects for conservation and management are assessed, including less damaging methods of timber harvesting, ecotourism, the potential of a new 'carbon market' (REDD++) and the role and contribution of scientist and international conservation organisations. The coursework and seminar series associated with the module will introduce skills of practical use to you if you decide to follow a career within conservation - the main focus being the development of an original grant proposal to the Royal Geographical Society.

Research Foundations

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

As part of the module, you carry out the foundations for a research project on a specialised topic in the area of your degree.

It will involve a project-specific mix of training in:

  • practical skills
  • the consideration of ethical aspects, potential impacts and the risks to health and safety associated with the planned research
  • the generation of hypotheses
  • the production of initial data.

Records of training, experiments and practical work are recorded in a laboratory book together with a reflective commentary to form a record of your research journey.

Masters Research Project (45 credits)

  • 45 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

As part of this module, you carry out an independent, original, in-depth research project in consultation with a research supervisor on a specialised topic in biology, ecology or zoology.

The research project involves bespoke, project-specific training in practical skills, the generation of hypotheses, the production of data, statistical analysis and interpretation of results, and the presentation of results in a research seminar and a dissertation written in the form of a scientific paper.

Current Topics in Evolution, Behaviour and Conservation

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module will introduce you to a diversity of active areas of research in conservation biology, animal behaviour, and evolutionary biology.

The module will be taught via a series of advanced research seminars given by University of Sussex staff, research students and invited speakers in the Evolution, Behaviour and Environment (EBE) seminar series.

These seminars will provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the latest developments in a range of current topics, gain insight into the nature of scientific research, and meet with a diversity of researchers.

The module will be assessed via a portfolio of work summarising, synthesising and communicating the research for a scientific audience and the general public.

Masters Tropical Rainforest Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The Masters Tropical Forest Science field trip module is based at the Santa Lucia Cloud forest Reserve in NW Ecuador. The field station and laboratory were established by the University of Sussex to provide the opportunity for you to gain expertise in tropical plant, invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy.

Following an introduction to the wildlife and plants of the region, you undertake your own fieldwork project to address a conservation issue at this biodiversity hotspot.

Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

In this module, you work in a group, on advanced research-led topics in evolutionary biology.

The topics you work on may include symbiosis, sex and variation, etc. - but these may vary from year to year.
The topics will be selected according to staff interests, recent developments in the field, and the construction of a coherent package that covers a range of approaches in evolutionary biology, from molecular to ecological.

In this module, you are introduced to each topic by a 'scene-setting lecture', given by a member of staff. You are then given a set of references to relevant papers in the library.

In your group, you present your report on the topic, based on written material in Study Direct, seminars, reviews and news and view articles.

By completing this module, you will understand recent theoretical and empirical developments in several areas of current research in evolutionary biology, critically read the primary literature in evolutionary biology, synthesise information from the primary literature and present your findings in written analyses and oral presentations.

Field Biology and Conservation Skills

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

Field research and conservation practice require a range of practical skills, and experience of many of these is consequently often key to being able to obtain employment in these areas.

This module will give you the opportunity to learn, practice and apply a range of specialist practical skills for field biology and conservation. Over the course of the module, you will build up a skills portfolio by selecting from a broad range of specialist workshops delivered by Sussex staff or external providers that will demonstrate your ability to carry out the various techniques and methods.

You will then complete an assignment that will demonstrate your understanding of the techniques and ability to apply them to research questions or conservation objectives.

Masters African Zoology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The rich biological diversity of southern Africa, including ecologically dominant megafauna, and the conservation challenges this presents, makes the region an exceptional place to learn about zoology.

This field course will be based at research sites in southern Africa that will provide students with the opportunity to study terrestrial African animals, including some of the charismatic megafauna.

Following an introduction to the sites, you will carry out a fieldwork research project to investigate the behaviour, ecology or conservation of African animals. The field course will conclude by studying marine megafauna at sites in South Africa.

Masters Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

For this module, you visit an ecological site in the Mediterranean and carry out field work. 

The Mediterranean phylogeographic region includes a diversity of habitats that contrast markedly with those found in the UK, and contain very different flora and fauna.

Through this module, you gain experience in a variety of environments which is essential for a good understanding of the ecology of biodiversity and the selection forces driving its evolution.

You also get experience of carrying out research in novel environments, which is an essential part of learning to be a field biologist or ecologist.

When you finish this module, you should be able to design and carry out ecological or behavioural field research projects, using the flora or fauna of a Mediterranean field site as your study system.

You develop research proposals, conduct field work, analyse your data, and present your findings both in writing and in the form of a research seminar.

Rewilding and Ecosystem Services

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

In this module, you explore the theory that underpins rewilding covering:

  • Pleistocene and Holocene baselines
  • natural process function
  • trophic cascades
  • keystone species.

You also considers the process and application of rewilding to deliver ecological and social benefits.

Rewilding is emerging as an optimistic agenda in conservation biology that seeks to reverse the decline in biodiversity by restoring natural processes, typically through the reintroduction of missing keystone species. 

Rewilding gained global recognition when it was suggested that these keystone species should include the missing late Quaternary megafauna, but it is still an emerging field that is encouraging innovation and exploration of ideas. 

 

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