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Ecology and Physical Geography BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Enthusiastic and experienced lecturers committed to high-quality research-based teaching
  • Strong introduction to species identification and biological surveying skills
  • Numerous opportunities to apply field techniques, analytical theoretical techniques and knowledge to real-life ecological issues
  • Optional residential field course to Provence, South of France
  • Opportunities to study abroad/undertake a placement year, 'earn as you learn' and gain work experience with in the ecology sector
  • Excellent local and residential fieldwork opportunities throughout the programme, which have repeatedly been commended by external experts
  • State-of-the-art facilities to support your learning, including a UAV drone, river monitoring stations, a virtual mapping suite, laboratories, and a wide range of specialist equipment such as trail cameras           
  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics and issues, assessed through a diverse range of coursework types
  • Strong links with local employers provide opportunities for students to conduct exciting and innovative third-year research projects.

For further information about studying Ecology at the University of Worcester, download a copy of our Applicant’s Handbook.

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The staff have been fantastic in supporting me and helping me to acquire the knowledge and confidence I have now, and put together an engaging and inspiring course.

Joshua Chambers, BSc (Hons) Physical Geography graduate.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points

In addition Ecology asks that:

96 must include A2 Biology and A2 in another Science (includes Environmental Science)
104 must include A2 Biology and AS in another Science
108 must include AS Biology and A2 in another Science
112 must include AS Biology

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.  Please note that Physical Geography shortlisted applicants may be invited to an interview.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr John Dutton
Course Leader, Ecology
01905 855237

Dr Cheryl Jones
Course Leader, Physical Geography
01905 855425

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Introduction to Ecology
Basis of Biological Surveying
Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes


Module options:

Introduction to Geology (15)
Introduction to River Science (15)
Introduction to Ecology

Year 2

Core modules:

Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems
Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards


Module options:

Research Practice and Professional Development
Field Techniques and Identification Skills
Conservation Site Management Planning
Conservation Legislation and Policy
Geographical Information Systems
Ecology of Freshwaters
Animal Behaviour
Work Experience
Researching Physical Geography
Meteorology and Climate
River Monitoring and Assessment
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography Field Course
Soils and the Environment
Ecology of Fresh Waters

Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study
Restoration Ecology
Landscape Ecology


Module options:

Residential Environmental Field Trip
Environmental Impact Assessment
Zoo-based Conservation
Behavioural Ecology
Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
Research Project in Physical Geography
River Conservation and Management
River Science Research Project
Environmental Geology
Mountain Glaciers and Landscape
Ice Age Environments



As an Ecologist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based vegetation analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics. You also learn how to gather environmental or physiological data in the laboratory and/or the field using logging equipment, controlled environment cabinets and a range of physiological monitoring devices.

Additionally you will develop skills relevant to a wide range of careers based on your Physical Geography studies. These include environmental consultancy, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning, conservation organisations, Wildlife Trust, Civil Service, research or teaching.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Ecology and Physical Geography BSc (Hons) – CF18

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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