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Course Overview

Interactive course that explores key underlying principles in conservation and the challenges of applying those in the real world. 

Field excursion to important protected area to learn about the practical issues of protecting biodiversity.

Guest lecturers from key figures in Scottish conservation and other relevant disciplines to give you insight into career choices and alternative perspectives. 

You will produce a poster and a project proposal and get feedback for improving your presentation and writing 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

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Course Description

This course explores a range of current conservation issues in marine, terrestrial and freshwater systems. Our focus is on the development of conservation practice in Scotland, but the course highlights the role that international legislation and agreements have in shaping national conservation priorities. Case studies, site visits and group presentations are key components of the course and there is an emphasis on interation and group work.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) and course assessment (50%) consisting of a poster brief (600 words), a research proposal (1500 words) and a group poster.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and workshop sessions.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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