Our unique natural history degrees focus on all aspects of the natural world with an emphasis on observation and fieldwork. We are the only university in the UK currently offering science-based bespoke natural history degrees.
Natural History is the study of organisms and the ecosystems in which they live. We bring together scientific and observational studies of animals, plants and their environments, whilst also giving students experience in digital photography and filming-making to study and document the wonders and diversity of the natural world.
Our Natural History degree has a strong practical field element for you to gain key skills in a range of environments. Our current students go on field courses to Pembrokeshire, Iceland, Spain and on the optional Natural History expedition to Botswana.*
We also offer a diverse range of Geology, Geography, Wildlife Biology and Applied Sciences courses.
Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast are all nearby and provide a natural laboratory for study. We offer an impressive international portfolio of fieldwork too. Our students have gained field experience in Portugal, Iceland, Greece, Thailand, the Caribbean, Botswana, Spain and Uganda.
costs may apply for International fieldwork.
Our students enjoy purpose-built labs as well as industry-standard research and specialist software that currently includes ArcGIS, ERDAS, RockWorks and MOVE. The University also has a state-of-the-art
media room, giving students access to a
range of equipment including DSLR and
video cameras, and a media editing suite.
We have accreditations from the Royal Geographical Society, the Geological Society and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management which reflect the quality of our courses. We also consistently rate highly in the National Student Survey, showing our commitment to our students on these courses.
Gain an insight into what it's like to take part in fieldwork on various USW Natural History and Wildlife Conservation courses:
Attending an open day, whether online or on-campus, is the ideal way to learn more about our Natural History courses and get a feel of what it's like to study at the University of South Wales.
Speak to the lecturers and expert staff who teach the courses, take tours of our campuses and facilities, view accommodation, speak to our advice team about placement and career opportunities and discuss finances. Plus, speak to current students and hear about their experiences first hand.
The Glyntaff campus is surrounded by green open spaces and beautiful views. Inside, a multi-million-pound investment means you’ll be learning in a purpose-built environment. Outside, nearby locations such as Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons provide fantastic fieldwork and student experience opportunities.
Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and contributing to advances within their area of expertise. We ensure that our teaching teams are still also strongly connected to their individual industries, ensuring they bring their knowledge of these to their work on our courses.
We have a range of opportunities outside the classroom for our students to get involved with. You could join our fantastic fieldwork courses in the UK and overseas or you could join any of the subject specific societies our courses have in the Students’ Union.
Dedicated onsite and online support, advice and mentoring will ensure you're heard and supported. Our support services are at the forefront of addressing the challenges that modern-life brings.
Employability is at the heart of everything. So much so that a lot of our teaching is informed by what happens in the real world and the skills you’ll need for your chosen career.
Many of our courses have accreditation from professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. This allows you to gain a qualification recognised in your profession.