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Course Overview

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

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

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

You will produce a grant proposal on a research topic relevant to the field visit site; a tutorial during preparation of the proposal will provide feedback to help you improve your research plan and an evaluation of your peers' proposal will reinforce your understanding of good research project planning.

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?

  • One of Biology (BI) or Ecology (EK) or Environmental Sciences (EV) or Forestry (FY) or Plant Science (PL) or Zoology (ZO)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • 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

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.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 25-29, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.

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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Concept note for proposal (10%), Critical review of conservation issue (30%), Evaluation of peers' proposal (10%), 2000 word grant proposal (50%)

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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