Biology and Zoology Undergraduate Courses

Despite global efforts from government officials and policy makers to promote coexistence between humanity and our ecosystems, human progress is disturbing the natural balance of our environments. Discover how you can apply your passion to protect it.

Our undergraduate zoology and biology courses offer high-quality teaching, first-rate facilities, access to cutting-edge research and exciting real world opportunities. Fieldwork is a vital part of our Biological Sciences courses; past students have travelled to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Mallorca and the Maldives to explore natural environments.

A new partnership between the University of Derby and the National Sea Life Centre. James Robson, Curator at the Sea Life Centre illustrates why such a partnership is important for both institutes


Our partnerships with organisations such as Sea Life, Derby Museums, Royal Derby Hospital, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Twycross Zoo give you great opportunities for relevant work experience and internships. You’ll also have the opportunity, on a competitive basis, to help with our teaching team’s research.

Expert teaching team

You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team who are supportive, friendly and approachable - keen to pass their knowledge on to you. They include active international researchers whose work is shaping debates in biological sciences areas including ecology, entomology and biodiversity.

Specialist facilities

Our modern and well-equipped facilities include a Class ll containment suite to grow and manipulate bacteria and viruses, an insectary, brand new Aquatic Research Facility, and glasshouse.

BSc (Hons) Biology and BSc (Hons) Zoology are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

The Royal Society only accredits degrees that offer students a solid academic foundation in subject knowledge, technical abilities and transferable skills. This means that, when you graduate from our Biological Sciences courses, you’ll meet the requirements for Associate Membership of the Society (AMSB). Following appropriate professional experience, you can then apply for full membership, which is widely recognised throughout the industry and by potential employers.

Royal Science of Biology and CIEEM Accreditation Logos

BSc (Hons) Biology and BSc (Hons) Zoology are Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management accredited degree pathways

CIEEM accredited pathway status reflects the quality of our degrees and ensures our graduates have the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required by employers in the sector. The CIEEM accredited pathways require certain modules to be taken and passed, and graduates who do this are able to gain graduate membership of the organisation which then permits them to use the post-nominal letters "GradCIEEM".

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Professional Experience

Our Biology and Zoology courses offer an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year studies.


What our Biology and Zoology graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

"One of the best decisions I've ever made"

"One of the things I really liked about Derby was that in my second and third years I was able to choose which modules I wanted to take, meaning I could focus on what interested me most. I particularly enjoyed my third year independent study module where I was able to design my own research project. I am now studying my PhD. I would never have made it this far were it not for the help and encouragement I received. Choosing to study a Biological Sciences course has been one of the best decisions I've ever made."