You’ll gain a solid foundation in the biological sciences but specialise in the study of the rich diversity of animals, from species on the bottom of the ocean to those in your back garden.
You’ll discover how studies in animal behaviour, ecology, physiology and evolution help us to understand animals in their natural environment. You'll explore the main environmental threats faced by animals, how to assess their habitats and appreciate the many ways to enact effective conservation.
You’ll get hands-on fieldwork experience, including residential field trips to the Isle of Cumbrae and the Algarve. Your learning is also supported by internationally recognised research and you'll get the opportunity to conduct your own research project, benefitting from the knowledge of our diverse staff and links with external organisations.
You'll develop a range of specialist skills relevant to future career paths such as:
- species identification
- field surveys in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments
- collection and analysis of behavioural data
- laboratory-based investigations
The applied nature of this course develops skills that enhance your employability, including team working, problem solving, research, communication and IT. You’ll also acquire specialist analytical and numerical skills, be able to collect a range of biological data and communicate scientific information effectively.
Local industry links help you with gaining work-related experience and project opportunities which will enhance your ability to compete for jobs after graduation.
The emphasis on research also equips you with the knowledge and skills to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study within Edinburgh Napier University.
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What you study
2017 Direct Entry Programme (second, third and fourth year)
- Physiology and the Environment
- Animal Behaviour
- Practical Module
One optional module from:
- Valuing the Earth
- Biology of Disease
- Clinical Care of Exotic Species
- Microbes and Man
- Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
- Freshwater Biology
- Population and Community Ecology
- Marine Biology
- Life of Mammals
- Applied Terrestrial Ecology
- Biodiversity Pattern & Process
- Advances in Animal Behaviour
- Environmental Management
- Honours project
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Graduate opportunities are diverse and you will leave the course prepared for employment in a range of sectors including:
- species conservation and habitat protection
- ecology and environmental management
- field surveying
- environmental charities
- consultancies and government agencies
You may also continue on to postgraduate study, including MSc courses in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Conservation and Management of Protected Area, Ecotourism or PhD research.
Minimum year 1
Please note this course will not be open to applicants for Year 1 entry in 2017. Applicants wishing to apply for a Year 1 Bio-Science course should refer to one of the following courses: BSc Biomedical Science (B940), BSc Biological Science (C120), BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology (C160), BSc Applied Microbiology (C510) or BSc Animal and Conservation Biology (CC11).
Minimum year 2
Pass in a related subject* with Grade B in the graded unit.
*Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences
SQA Advanced Higher
BBC including Biology
AAB including Biology
Minimum year 3
Pass in a related subject** with Grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units
**Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences
English Language Requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
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Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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