BSc (Hons) Zoology (with integrated foundation year)


Course code C300

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Course code C300

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Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2021
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Our strong links with animal and wildlife organisations provide excellent work placement opportunities, which means you could be studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards to dolphins. With plenty of opportunity for volunteering alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, your CV will gain the competitive edge it needs to stay ahead.

Our hands-on course provides an understanding of wildlife monitoring techniques using professional equipment and covers a broad range of topics including evolution, ecology and conservation.

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to explore the local area and the many habitats it offers. Such as the Eden River basin (close to our Carlisle Campus), The Lake District National Park and our wonderful Cumbrian coastline. We spend a substantial amount of time on our modules teaching you within the local habitats we have on our doorstep and where possible we choose to deliver experiential learning outdoors.*

*Subject to Covid-19 Social Distancing Restrictions

Our current international field trip to The Gambia provides further opportunity to work with critically endangered species, boosting your knowledge and confidence.


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Why Choose University of Cumbria?

If you want to become a zoologist, then what better place than surrounded by the unique and ecologically diverse habitats of the Lake District, the Pennines and the Solway Firth as your outdoor classroom?

You'll get an excellent understanding of British wildlife and the pressures it faces, because we are one of the few courses where you can become an expert in its identification a skill which is in great demand with potential employers.

  • Train in wildlife monitoring techniques with the kit used by professionals (which you can borrow to pursue your own interests)
  • Study in stunning new laboratories with cutting-edge technology and methods used throughout the professional world
  • Learn from academic tutors who are active zoologists and vets with close links to the industry, and internationally-renowned researchers
  • Our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects
  • Take part in exciting placements, studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards and dolphins
  • The opportunity to do voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to boost your CV and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of species e.g. adders, dragonflies, butterflies and birds
  • Conduct your own research in Africa and the UK (you can also get involved in academic tutors' scientific studies!)
  • Field work opportunity to the Gambia to work with critically endangered species
  • Practical-focused course so most of the time you'll be doing zoology hands-on (for example only 10% of the assessment in 1st year is by written exam)


You may wish to pursue a career with wildlife in such areas as conservation, ecological consultancy, wardening, wildlife research, wildlife forensics or wildlife holiday guides. You’ll also have the option of using our CPD and postgraduate courses as a stepping stone into a career. Whatever your choice, studying or working, you can count on our support.


We pride ourselves on listening to our student's voice, which is why:

94% of our students agree “My course has provided me with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics."*


94% of our students agree “I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course”.*

NSS 2021




Course study options

We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year or with a year-long placement.

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You'll develop an understanding of British Wildlife and the ways in which it's surveyed, which will prove to be invaluable in pursuing a career in wildlife. Your skills will leave you well set for working in animal welfare and education, disease and pest control, wildlife tour guiding and the biotechnology industry, as well as any job that involves working with animals.

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