Conservation in Practice (C1113)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You’ll consider how activism and government policy impact on conservation, with a focus on practical conservation. You’ll look at how conventions on biodiversity and conservation opreate, as well as the ethical side of conservation. You’ll also consider what species or taxa we should prioritise and why.

The issue of environmental justice is linked to these topics. You’ll hear from guest speakers from conversation organisations, giving you valuable insight into career planning.

You’ll also go on field trips to conservation projects, getting a hands-on experience of real-life conservation strategies. Destinations are likely to include Castle Hill and Rye Harbour Nature Reserves, Gatwick Biodiversity Project and Knepp Rewilding Project.


40%: Lecture
60%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 34 hours of contact time and about 116 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: