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. 

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
2ndin the UK for Student satisfaction with the course**Zoology subject area - The Guardian University Guide 2023
6thin the UK for student satisfaction with teaching**Zoology subject area - The Guardian University Guide 2023
11thfor careers 15 months after graduating**Zoology subject area - The Guardian University Guide 2023

 "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:

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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:

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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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Make it Real
at Derby

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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