BSc (Hons) Ecology

Stirling is a great place to study ecology. Our degree is based on research-led teaching and fieldwork opportunities in Scotland, Spain and France.

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2021
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code C180
  • Study abroad opportunities

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People have an enormous impact on their environment through resource use, habitat degradation, and climate change. Understanding how our actions impact the ecological balance across the planet has never been more important.

We’ll give you a rigorous introduction to the science of ecology. You’ll understand how animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms interact with their environment, as well as the relationship between people and the rest of the biosphere.

This course covers the core conceptual issues of Ecology in its broadest sense, but also provides hands-on opportunities for learning transferable skills and analysing ecological relationships across all types of organisms.

We place great emphasis on practical training, hands-on experience and preparation for a wide range of careers in conservation. Fieldwork is an essential and enjoyable part of this degree course. Stirling’s campus location is an ideal base from which to make field excursions, whether to study lekking Black Grouse in the Highlands, the growth of trees on the sides of the Ochil Hills, or the distribution of animals on the Forth Estuary. You will also have the choice of three overseas field trips, currently based in Portgual, Spain and Gabon. Our inspiring 7-day field ecology and animal biology course in the CERES Field Centre in Aljezur, Portugal, introduces students to the process of designing, conducting and analysing your own scientific project. Students attending the week-long field course in Spain stay near Almeria, one of the driest parts of Europe. Through a series of excursions and intensive field projects students will examine environmental processes in arid environments. Students visiting Lope National Park in Gabon will be introduced to the real-time challenges of managing large protected areas, and cover ecological and socio-economic theories in tropical forest ecology and conservation.

Whether you are interested in pursuing an academic career, or want to participate in the practical solution of ecological problems, we’ll provide you with the tools and concepts you need to make a difference.

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What our students said

Jamie Hutchinson
BSc (Hons) Ecology
The lecturers create a supportive and friendly atmosphere and are always willing to help solve any problems I encounter.
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Viki Bates
BSc (Hons) Ecology
I am now equipped with the skills I need to progress in my chosen career.
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