Conservation Biology I (C1148)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

After an introduction to the major threats to global biodiversity, you'll explore a series of broad conservation themes.

The first half of the module will focus on the species level, exploring:

  • some of the particular threats faced
  • why species become rare and endangered
  • what measures can be taken to halt or reverse population declines
  • 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.


100%: Lecture


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: