Seven jobs are set to be axed at Bournemouth University.
Archaeologists and geographers in the School of Conservation Sciences are being invited to take voluntary redundancy with the threat of compulsory redundancies if there are insufficient volunteers.
A spokesman for the university said: “We are at the start of a consultation period. Nothing has been formally decided.
“We are listening to views from around that particular school.
“All universities look at subjects they offer from time to time.”
John Gale, the academic union representative in the School of Conservation Sciences, added: “Conservation Sciences has long been held as a model school of academic excellence within the university.
“This is not about the ‘credit crunch’, it is about unrealistic and inappropriate financial targets and re-profiling of a staff base that has been incredibly hard working and successful over recent years.”