Ecology (with a Year Abroad)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.5 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
200 place StudyQA ranking:6165 Duration:48 months

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This programme is recognised as one of the most comprehensive in the country, and has been developed as the result of a collaboration between the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Environmental Sciences. As a result, studying Ecology at UEA provides you with a breadth of knowledge unparalleled at other institutions. Students are able to learn aspects from a range of subjects, including chemistry and marine biology, which offers students a diverse range of skills that are highly sought after by employers.

The School boasts excellent research facilities and a unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching. In the 2012 National Student Survey, the School of Biological Sciences at UEA was ranked 1st for teaching, out of 100 UK departments.

Our four-year ecology degree with a year in either Australasia, Europe or North America provides a great opportunity to combine your studies with the experience of study overseas.

Ecology is the study of how organisms behave, interact with, and evolve in response to their physical and biological environments. It seeks to explain the diversity, abundance, and distribution of organisms, and appeals to those who are interested in the richness of the biosphere and concerned with how it is affected by human activities. Ecology, and its sister disciplines, evolutionary biology and behaviour, therefore provide the basis for understanding how life’s diversity originated and will respond to climate change, pollution, the destruction of natural ecosystems, and the concomitant loss of global biodiversity.

Our programmes provide excellent opportunities to study the fundamental and applied aspects of population biology, evolution, community and ecosystem dynamics, habitat ecology, macro-ecology and conservation. The approaches used in exploring these topics range from molecular biology, evolutionary theory, mathematical modelling, plant science, animal behaviour, and field ecology to geographical information systems, climatology, environmental economics and resource management.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)

UK/EU £9,000; International £14,900

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

During the third year of your course you will spend a year studying abroad at one of our exchange partners:

Australasia – This is the most recent addition to our year abroad portfolio and has proven itself an extremely popular programme. Current exchange partners include: Murdoch University, Perth; Macquarie University, Sydney; and University of Auckland, New Zealand.

North America – Our North American exchange programme is long-established and continues to be popular. We currently have exchange agreements with US universities in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri and Oregon. We also have exchange partners in Canada which currently include universities in British Columbia and Ontario.

Europe – Students on the European exchange programme will take appropriate language modules during the second year, in preparation for the third year spent at a university in Europe. Currently students can visit universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain or Sweden. The acquisition of a second language and the experience of living and studying in Europe have proved a valuable asset to our graduates.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


  • A Level: AAB including Biology.
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 points with 3 HL subjects at grade 6 including Biology.
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB including Biology and one other science subject.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB including Biology. Other Sciences at Advanced Higher level would confer an advantage
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAABB at Higher Level including Biology and at least two other science subjects.
  • Access Course: See below
  • HND: Please contact university for further information
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall, including 8.0 in Biology.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

A2-level Biology is required for this course. In addition to this, applicants are asked to have two other A2-level subjects. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Students who wish to study at a European university will be required to have achieved a GCSE grade B or above in the language of instruction for the year abroad.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Grade B in Mathematics and Grade C in English Language at GCSE Level. GCSE Grade B in the Language of instruction for the Year Abroad.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.

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