BSc

Ecology

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Ecology focuses on the interactions between organisms and their environment. Knowledge of these interactions underpins our understanding of how wildlife will respond to current and future environmental threats, including pollution, climate change, invasive species and habitat destruction. Our mission is to train the next generation that will respond to these issues, identifying solutions and conserving biodiversity into the future.   

Aberystwyth is the place to study Ecology because we have:

  • passionate teaching staff that conduct research in all areas of ecology and in different parts of the world;
  • a focus on field skills and learning by experience;
  • direct access to some wonderful locations and habitats, including the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, and Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks;
  • international field courses and training opportunities.

Course Overview

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

Why study Ecology with Year in Industry at Aberystwyth?

  • Learn and live in an area of outstanding beauty that offers access to local ecology but also environmental and recreational opportunities that suite the outdoor person.
  • You will be taught by award-winning ecologists on modules that target knowledge and skills in surveying, identifying and mitigating climate change impacts, habitat restoration, biodiversity assessment and conservation, environmental consultancy. Be a student in a world-renowned teaching and Research Institute.
  • Unrivalled wildlife and countryside on your doorstep.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules September start - 2022

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Ecology BR13510 10
Microbial Diversity BR12110 10
Study and Communication Skills BR12410 10
The Development and Management of British Habitats BR10810 10
The Green Planet BR13610 10
Comparative Animal Physiology BR14110 10
Evolution and the Diversity of Life BR14310 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Introduction to Conservation BR10110 10
Climate and Climate Change BR16620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Palaeobiology BR16510 10
The Biosphere BR13210 10
Soils and their Management BR14910 10

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
An Introduction to Landscape Ecology and Geographic Information Systems BR25520 20
Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems BR21120 20
Ecological Surveying BR21420 20
Research Methods BR27520 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Environmental Microbiology and Monitoring BR26020 20
Freshwater Biology BR22020 20
Invertebrate Zoology BR25420 20
Marine Biology BR22620 20
Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation BR24020 20
Vertebrate Zoology BR26820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

After completion of the degree students can engage in careers in the following areas:

  • Wildlife and Conservation officer
  • Biodiversity assessor and Habitat surveyor
  • Site Manager
  • Education and public engagement
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Ecological Research –graduate position
  • Ph.D. researcher

How will my degree prepare me for the future?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including: 

  • research and data analysis skills
  • enhanced mathematical and computational skills
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • a thorough grounding in information technology skills
  • the ability to work independently
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Course Content

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include:

  • The Biosphere
  • Ecology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Diversity of Microbial Life
  • Plant Biology
  • Conservation of wildlife
  • The study and management of habitats
  • The study and management of habitats

In your second you will be offered specialist modules including:

  • Climate change impacts on ecosystems
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Bird biodiversity
  • Habitat assessment and organism ID (UK and international)
  • Vertebrates
  • Understanding invertebrates
  • Ecological Monitoring 

In your third year, subject areas offered include:

  • Population and Community ecology
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Habitat assessment and organism ID (International)
  • Environmental Protection and Law
  • Sustainability
  • Ecological Monitoring 
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Independent research in a topic of your choice

How will I be taught?

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through;

  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles
  • Field notebooks
  • Exams

Student Testimonials

Pippa - BSc Ecology

"The Ecology course at Aberystwyth has provided me with a good set of skills which I can utilise and apply to my current role. The field work part of many modules within the Ecology degree scheme has ensured that I have experience of working in outdoor environments, a necessity for many ecological careers."

Alex - BSc Ecology

"I am very pleased I chose the degree scheme. Interesting content throughout, great support from the lecturers, and comprehensive feedback. A great choice, no regrets."

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD-DDM in a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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