BSc (Hons) - Zoology (with Sandwich Year)

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 opportunities for volunteering alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, your CV will gain the competitive edge it needs to stay ahead.

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Course Overview

You’ll gain an understanding of wildlife monitoring techniques using professional kit, and cover a broad range of topics including evolution, ecology and conservation, with visits to a variety of habitats.

There will be plenty of opportunity for voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, boosting your CV and giving you hands-on experience across a range of species including butterflies, adders and birds. Our practical focused course will equip you with not only the knowledge, but the real skills and confidence to be a great zoologist.

On this course you will...

  • Explore local nature reserves, rivers and woodland just a stones throw from the university. Develop practical skills with first-hand experience.
  • Access to state of the art labs on campus, a great place to collaborate with coursemates, learn about animals and work with top-quality equipment.
  • Benefit from industry links that provide students with placement opportunities across Cumbria.
  • Benefit from practical demonstrations, visits, and feedback from professionals.
  • Have a place within the zoology society that meets weekly to assist in local conservation initiatives and discuss current concerns regarding zoology.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

Zoology covers all aspects of animal biology and, as such, covers a fascinating range of often highly diverse topics. The modern zoologist needs to be the master of many disciplines. Our degree course has been designed by professional zoologists with a real understanding of what the world needs from zoologists and what zoologists need to pursue a professional career. It mirrors closely the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Biosciences.

In addition to the formal background knowledge all zoologists require, our degree allows you to explore more specialist areas. To encompass the main patterns of employment, you are given the flexibility to focus on a “whole animal” or a “bits of animals” approach. The latter provides the skills required to pursue laboratory and experimental pathways such as disease research, DNA technologies and wildlife forensics. The “whole animal” pathway trains you to become proficient in the identification and study of wild animals, especially British

Year One
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Ecology for Zoologists
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Animal Conservation Practice
  • Core Zoology
Year Two
  • Exploring Research
  • Zoological Monitoring Techniques
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Evolution and Biogeography
  • British Wildlife
  • Applied Zoology
  • Placement Qualificatory Unit
Year Three
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Skills in Zoology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Professional Practice
  • Entomology and Parasitology (Optional)
  • Behavioural Applications for Conservation (Optional)
  • Population and Community Ecology (Optional)
Year Four
  • Placement
    Qualificatory Practice Unit: Academic/Vocational Placement

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