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University of Exeter

Conservation Biology and Ecology

UCAS Code: C151
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Excluding General Studies. Grade B in one of the following subjects:Psychology Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths

Scottish Highers

One of the following subjects at Grade B: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology ,Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths required.

Scottish Advanced Highers

One of the following subjects at Grade B:Psychology, Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths required.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement, Applied Science, Animal Management, Agriculture, Countryside Management, Fish management, Forestry and Arboriculture.

International Baccalaureate

Applicant will be considered with IB 38-34 OR 766 or 665 in three Higher Level subjects. All applicants will be required to have Grade 5 at HL in one of the following subjects: Psychology,Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-165 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The four-year MSci Conservation Biology and Ecology programme mirrors the BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology programme during the first three years, and includes an additional fourth year during which you will undertake two projects. Both will be focused on a specialised area aligned with one of our leading research groups, and it is expected that one of these projects will be carried out in partnership with an external organisation. The remainder of your time will be spent on a two-week intensive field course in which your scientific field-research, debating and presentation skills will be further developed. Our Conservation Biology and Ecology degrees offer more direct field experience than any other Ecology course in the UK, in locations from Cornwall to Africa. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are essential for working conservationists and ecologists, including wildlife identification and data handling. In the first year, we take full advantage of Cornwall’s rich landscapes with many one-day field trips around the South West Peninsula. In the second year, wider experience comes as a result of a variety of field courses in the UK and Europe, while in year three there are opportunities to go overseas. In all these locations we teach vital identification skills and census techniques while at the same time studying local ecology and conservation issues. The degree is delivered by internationally recognised research active staff in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on our Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The Centre hosts a large and thriving group of scientists who work at the cutting edge of research on conservation and ecology and run field research projects around the world, from Cyprus to Australia. Why study Conservation Biology and Ecology at the University of Exeter? •led by some of the UK’s foremost biologists working in evolution, conservation, and ecology •field work opportunities in the UK and overseas •close links with a wide range of conservation organisations •state-of-the-art research facilities •graduate with outstanding employment prospects


University of Exeter

Streatham Campus

Exeter is a top university, combining world leading research with some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the country. We've really invested in buildings and facilities over the last few years, with the showpiece building, The Forum, being opened by the Queen. JK Rowling studied in Exeter and based many elements of Harry Potter on our traditions and buildings...

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
62% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
471 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £18.3k MED
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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.
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