Countryside, conservation and wildlife degree courses

Do you see yourself pursuing a career as an ecological consultant, a field ecologist, a biodiversity officer, or perhaps a wildlife reserve or country park manager?

RAU graduates from these degree programmes have gone on to work with the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB  and FWAG, as well as Natural England, the Environment Agency, along with heritage organisations such as Historic England and Cotswold Archaeology.

Students have regular contact with people and organisations working within the environmental sector, and incorporate a blend of ‘real world’ field-based learning alongside the more traditional campus-based study approaches.

Foundation degree students will select three practical training courses offered by the RAU's Rural Innovation Centre valued up to £1000 at no additional cost. These include chainsaw, brushcutter, tractor driving, quad bike, hedgelaying, dry stone walling, fencing. In addition, emergency first aid, manual handling and a health & safety course are also mandatory. Employers favour graduates who already have such certificated courses.

FdSc Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management

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You will learn how to become an effective manager in the countryside, combining your understanding of ecology, landscape development, cultural history and heritage management.  

This course has been designed with environmental conservation and heritage organisations, enhancing graduate employability. 


FdSc British Wildlife Conservation

British wildlife scene

The effective conservation of species, ecosystems and natural resources is vital for future sustainable development, and the need for conservation professionals is ever increasing.

On this course you will gain the academic knowledge, applied ecological theory and extensive hands-on field experience needed to manage habitats and conserve wildlife.


BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Top Up)

Countryside management scene

Whether you already work in this arena or aspire to, you will advance your environmental and landscape knowledge and gain the necessary skills and understanding to make informed and effective countryside management decisions.

Graduates have gone on to work at nationally-recognised organisations such as Natural England, Historic England, National Trust and The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group


BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Countryside Management (Top-up)

Countryside management officerInterested in roles such as a biodiversity officer, ecological surveyor, or a countryside manager?

These are just some of the routes open to you after this course, designed with organisations directly involved in conservation.