Conservation in Practice (C1113)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

We aim to:

  • familiarise you 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 you to professionals currently working in conservation to give you a realistic idea of what the work involves, as well as an indication of employment opportunities.

You'll get a combination of lectures, seminars by guest speakers and field visits to nature reserves for demonstrations of practical conservation management and survey techniques.


26%: Lecture
48%: Practical (Fieldwork)
26%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Distance examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 100 hours of contact time and about 200 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: