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.


85%: Lecture
15%: Seminar


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.

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: