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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Week long field course based around Deeside and Speyside 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 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Stephen Redpath

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • BSc Conservation Biology

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 around Deeside and Speyside, 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.&nbsp Students will work in small groups to prepare background information for discussion before each visit and lead debriefing sessions following the visit.

Associated Costs

Field course costs £120. Students are also required to purchase their own food on the course

Further Information & Notes

Dates Friday 5 to Friday 12 April 2019.


Costs: £120. Deposits (inc): £50


Deposits are normally non-refundable. The cases where deposits are likely to be refunded are as


1) where there is good cause for student withdrawing from a field course, good cause is

determined by DoT or nominated person;

2) where the withdrawal has not resulted in a gap because a different student has enrolled

to take that place; and,

3) when the student withdraws from the course in good time and before the end of the

first semester.

Full payments are also normally non-refundable. The cases where full refunds may be made are

similar to points 1 and 2 above.

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 An essay covering relevant aspects of the course.  

Resit: Resubmission of essay.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during discussions and site visits; 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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