Brighton, United Kingdom

Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

This module introduces biodiversity of life on earth, and key principles of ecology and conservation. The emphasis is on learning through field classes which will take place in the South Downs National Park. The University is in the heart of the South Downs National Park so you will have the opportunity for experiential learning on the key themes: biodiversity, ecology and conservation. You will also learn survey and identification skills through these field trips.

This popular undergraduate study area is suited for students currently enrolled on Biochemistry, Psychology and Biomedicine, at the minimum students should have some background in Biology.

You will develop and gain an understanding of conservation/applied ecology in relation to real-world problems through topics including biodiversity, community ecology and practical land management for conservation; such as the mowing of Grasslands to help maintain grass cover, encourage re-growth and productivity.

The module may include the opportunity for you to hear how the University of Sussex LASI (Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects) performs vital research to help bee conservation.

The School of Life Science has leading research in Biodiversity, with Professor Mika Peck establishing and supporting The Tesoro Escondido Reserve, created to conserve the critically endangered Ecuadorian brown-headed spider monkey.

The Department has other notable academics, such as emeritus professor Mike Land, who was awarded the 1994 Frink Medal of the Zoological Society of London, the ALCON Prize for vision research in 1996, and who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and Miller Fellow for University of California, Berkeley, and Dave Goulson, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, who holds multiple awards including the 2013 Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Award for Conservation Biology.

Target group

This popular undergraduate study area is suited for students currently enrolled on Biochemistry, Psychology and Biomedicine, at the minimum students should have some background in Biology.

Course aim

- Demonstrate an understanding of phylogenies and how taxa are classified.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic theories and concepts in ecology and conservation.
- Demonstrate understanding of conservation/applied ecology in relation to real world problems.
- To interpret and present evidence from field work about biodiversity and the effects of different types of land managemen

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.