Conservation Biology

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


First Year: All Conservation Biology students take eight courses normally including Ecology and Environmental Science, Organismal Biology, Sustainable Land Management, and a tutorial course in Biological Sciences. This leaves a choice of four further courses which contribute to enhanced study; options include subjects such as Global Worlds, Global Challenges, The Natural Environment Through Geological Time and new interdisciplinary courses. Students take a one-week field course on Plant Ecology at Bettyhill, Sutherland.

Second Year: All students study Skills for Life Sciences. There is a dedicated Conservation Biology course in second year, as well as compulsory courses on Community Ecology and Plant Diversity and a field course run by the Zoology Department. Options include courses in Plant Science, Soil Science, Zoology, Ocean Biology and Geography.

Third Year (Junior Honours): All students take a course in Experimental Design and Analysis. Other core elements of the third year include Population Ecology, Plant Biogeography and Ecosystem Processes. These are followed by a wide choice of courses in Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Marine and Aquatic Ecology and other more applied subjects.

Fourth Year (Senior Honours): A semi-independent project takes up a substantial part of the Honours year, this is often carried out in conjunction with a conservation agency. Students also attend courses on Nature Conservation in Britain and on Environmental Pollution, prepare an extended essay and contribute to a discussion programme on Topics in Nature Conservation. One further course is chosen from a list of options. A residential team-building course and a careers programme form part of a graduate skills module.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects by end S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including Biology and another maths or science subjects at AB or BA.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level