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Course Overview

Week long field course around Scotland to explore and gain first-hand experience of key conservation issues. 

Meet key professionals working on these issues and gain insight into approaches and career options.

Guest speakers from key organisations in Scottish conservation to provide insight into different perspectives. 

Opportunities to discuss and debate conservation practice, consider alternative arguments and gain debating skills. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Clare Trinder
  • Dr Lise Ruffino

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BI2502 Conservation Biology (Passed) or BI2505 Conservation Biology (Passed) or BI2509 Conservation Biology (Passed) or BI3506 Conservation in Practice (Studied) or BI4802 Topics in Conservation Biology (Studied)
  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Biology-Environmental Humanities (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or International BSc Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: To introduce 3rd year students to many of the real conservation challenges in Scotland Main Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students should: * Gain first-hand experience of the main challenges in Scottish conservation. * Understand current strategies for dealing with these conservation challenges in Scotland. * Be able to critically evaluate and discuss conservation practice. Content: The course will involve a week travelling around Scotland, being exposed to key, current conservation challenges: (e.g. re-introductions, re-wilding, predator conservation, land use conflicts), meeting practitioners, policy advisers and debating the issues.

Associated Costs

Field course costs £110 students are also required to purchase their own food on the course

Further Information & Notes

Dates: Friday 7th April - Friday 14th April 2017

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Assessed through assessment of active engagement during fieldtrip (30%) and oral presentation towards end of fieldtrip (70%). Resit: None, must repeat the course.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during discussions and sites; a strong emphasis will be made to provide informal verbal feedback to students during the course.


Students will receive generic feedback as a group following the presentations and individualized written feedback on the presentation and their engagement with the activities.

Course Learning Outcomes


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