BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Countryside Management (Top-up)

Students on this course will build on existing wildlife or countryside management knowledge to provide the necessary expertise for future managers in this important and diverse sector.

This course has been developed with input from employers and organisations who are involved in conserving and managing biodiversity, and in response to the demand for managers who are fully trained in industry standard techniques of research and fieldwork.

You will develop your knowledge of Countryside Management, balancing the numerous environmental, economic and agricultural demands. You will study Animal Ecology, including animal behaviour, evolution and ecological processes over a range of ecosystems and species. You’ll also study Ecological Consultancy, to ensure you’re trained in report writing, client liaison, legislation and policy and conducting key protected species surveys.

An elective 7-10 day ecology study tour will provide you with practical understanding of ecology, land-use and research in a contrasting environment. The current destination is Namibia, although alternative locations are a possibility.

Course Structure

This course has been designed with our partners at Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions; including the use of the animal centre with more than 80 species.

You will study three core modules and complete a research project. You will also select three elective modules, to give you the opportunity to pursue specific areas of interest, and better position yourself in the job market.

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group projects, and visits and demonstrations. Modules are assessed through a range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, presentations, and case studies.

Core modules:

  • Countryside Management
  • Animal Ecology
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Honours Research Project or Work-based research project *

Plus THREE electives selected from:

  • Ecology Study Tour
  • Farmland Ecology
  • Game and Deer Management
  • Forestry and Woodland Management
  • Farming and Integrated Local Delivery (FIELD)
  • Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
  • Natural Resource Appraisal/Management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
  • Improving Personal Professional Practice*

*If you’ve already secured employment, you may elect to follow the Improving Personal Professional Practice module and the Work-based Research Project, thus reducing the time required to attend campus-based modules.

Course modules are subject to change and validation.

What you need to join the Course
Typical offers include:

  • A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
  • Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning.

Career Prospects
Graduates are highly likely to pursue a range of careers within a number of organisations:

  • Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
  • Wildlife Trusts
  • National Trust
  • Forestry Commission
  • Local government

Fulfilling roles within many areas:

  • Ecological Consultant
  • Conservation/Biodiversity Officer
  • Landscape Ecologist
  • Community Wildlife Officer
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Wildlife centre worker
  • Field Surveyor
  • Reserve Ranger
  • Estate Manager
  • Country Park Manager

How to Apply

Please visit our website or contact Kelly Swallow by e-mail at or by telephone on 01285 652531.

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Key Information

Start date:

1st September 2017 at 9:00am


Royal Agricultural University


Full Time




Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Cirencester, United Kingdom

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