The foundation year allows students that do not meet the standard entry requirements or are returning to education after a break to access the programme. It examines the theory and practice of conservation biology by studying ecology, threats to biodiversity, landscape ecology, GIS, wildlife management and conservation policy. The second year builds knowledge of the world’s biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation lectures and field sessions. In the third year you learn professional-standard survey and research techniques which you put into practice during a fieldwork module, currently delivered in either West Africa or India. You are also introduced to studies of landscape ecology, GIS and conservation policy and a range of optional modules, including aquatic conservation, conservation genetics, and wildlife and recreation management, are available.