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    Learn practical environmental skills within the field

Field courses

Learning within the field provides essential knowledge and experience for anyone entering a career in ecology and conservation. At Reading, we offer an excellent breadth of field work as part of your degree.

Working on campus

FieldworkWe have modules which are partially or completely taught out in the field. This is possible because the School of Biological Sciences is located on the beautiful Whiteknights Campus. A winner of multiple Green Flag awards, the campus encompasses an astonishing number of species and environments in one place: you will find extensive woodland, meadows, a lake and botanical gardens. This means that you can learn in the field with no travel.

Learning abroadGathering data in the field

You will have the chance to study modules which involve voluntary work abroad. Field courses in biodiversity and ecology are offered in Southern Spain, Southern Africa and Madagascar for tropical biodiversity (places on this course are limited). These courses give you the opportunity to make a real, positive impact, pick up essential working skills and see a different part of the world.  Note that learning abroad will incur an additional cost.

Dissertation projects in the field

MSC Wildlife Management - Current Issues in ConservationYou will have the opportunity to complete your third year dissertation with a field project. These opportunities are always expanding in scope and breadth, and include such remarkable projects as leopard conservation in South Africa. Other potential locations for projects include Holland and the Czech Republic.

We also offer dissertation projects a little closer to home: we carry out lots of work in Devon, and of course the campus itself is an excellent place for you to carry out the practical aspects of a dissertation.


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Get in touch with us for more information about field work.

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