Basic and Advanced Conservation Biology 1 (853C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module is designed to give students from a diversity of backgrounds a solid grounding in the basic principles of conservation biology. After an introduction to the major threats to global biodiversity, the module will explore a series of broad conservation themes. It will begin by focusing 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.


15%: Lecture
80%: Practical (Fieldwork, Workshop)
5%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 83 hours of contact time and 67 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: