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.

Get ahead in your career as a professional biologist or zoologist with courses that have an excellent reputation for quality and give you a head start in fascinating, rewarding and varied careers. 

  • Expert teaching team: 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
  • Opening doors partnerships: 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
  • State-of-the-art laboratories: Hone your practical skills in our newly-upgraded learning facilities which include high-specification laboratories with modern instrumentation, a glasshouse with plants from diverse habitats, an insectary housing many different species and a brand new Aquatic Research Facility
  • Exciting fieldwork opportunities: Previous students have studied animal interaction at Twycross Zoo, conducted ecological projects in Majorca and have undertaken scientific investigations in the Maldives
  • Quality learning: Benefit from high academic standards, our BSc (Hons) Biology and BSc (Hons) Zoology are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology as well as being Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) accredited degree pathways

Biology and Zoology - your questions answered

Programme Leader for Biology Dr David Elliott answers your frequently asked questions about Biology and Zoology. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Dr David Elliot, Programme Leader in Biology.

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I can confidently say that the staff at the University of Derby helped mould me into the person I am today and it was probably the main factor in how much I enjoyed studying there.

Siobhan Hillman
BSc (Hons) Zoology graduate

You’ll join a community of staff and students who are dedicated to applying their passion, knowledge and skills to help safeguard the survival of Earth’s natural environments and animal populations. In the below video, some of our Zoology and Biology students tell us about the moments that inspired them to study their course.

Biology and Zoology students from the University of Derby speak about their experiences on their course so far.

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98%of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things**BSc (Hons) Zoology - National Student Survey 2022
Top 20for Zoology**The Guardian University Guide 2023
Top 20for Zoology**The Guardian University Guide 2023
9thfor student satisfaction**The Complete University Guide 2022, Biological Sciences Subject area

 "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." 

Samuel Hardman, BSc (Hons) Biology graduate

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

Specialist facilities

You can hone your practical skills in our modern and well-equipped facilities:

  • Class ll containment suite to grow and manipulate bacteria and viruses
  • Insectary housing many different species
  • Aquatic Research Facility 
  • Glasshouse with plants from diverse habitats
  • Student research laboratory dedicated for your independent study project
A student looking into a tank in the aquatic facility

Biology and Zoology facilities

Study in modern and well-equipped surroundings, including our aquatic research facility, insectary and botanical glasshouse.

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Biodiversity loss and why it matters

Dr Andrew Ramsey, Head of the Discipline of Environmental Sciences, discusses the importance of biodiversity and explains how we can contribute to a better future.

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What our Biology and Zoology graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • educational assistant
  • graduate ecologist
  • trainee animal technician
  • lecturer
  • laboratory technician
  • research scientist
  • senior assistant healthcare scientist
  • pre-registration pharmacy technician
  • animal care assistant
  • teaching assistant
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Our students, graduates and staff are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. We can make it real for you.

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