Animal and Conservation Biology

Edinburgh Napier University


Sighthill Campus


You'll discover how studies in animal behaviour, ecology, physiology and evolution help us to understand animals in their natural environment. You'll explore the main environmental threats faced by animals, how to assess their habitats and appreciate the many ways to enact effective conservation.

You'll get hands-on fieldwork experience, including residential field trips to the Isle of Cumbrae and the Algarve. Your learning is also supported by internationally recognised research and you'll get the opportunity to conduct your own research project, benefitting from the knowledge of our diverse staff and links with external organisations.

You'll develop a range of specialist skills relevant to future career paths such as:
species identification; field surveys in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments; collection and analysis of behavioural data; laboratory-based investigations.

The applied nature of this course develops skills that enhance your employability, including team working, problem solving, research, communication and IT. You'll also acquire specialist analytical and numerical skills, be able to collect a range of biological data and communicate scientific information effectively.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB including Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry or Physics.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BBCC including Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry or Physics.

Entry to year 2 requires Advanced Highers at BCC including Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

6 years


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General