Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

C301

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This hands-on course, including fieldwork and placement opportunities, will give you the intellectual and practical skills needed to understand the complexities of the animal kingdom, such as behaviour, ecology, conservation and genetics. 

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

97% overall student satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Zoology**National Student Survey 2020
6thin the UK for teaching quality**The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, Biological Sciences subject area
5thin the UK for student experience**The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, Biological Sciences subject area
No.1in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching on the course - BSc (Hons) Zoology**National Student Survey 2020

Zoology at Derby

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 environment. This is a decisive moment in our history, requiring leaders who are bold and innovative in their approach if we are to restore and protect for future generations.

If you are passionate about protecting endangered species, safeguarding habitats and enhancing the knowledge and understanding of animals in the wild and in captivity, this course is for you. Our focus is on equipping you with strong intellectual, technical, research and personal skills to build an impressive CV and meet the needs of employers. We have mapped the content of our courses to the priorities of global initiatives, like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure you graduate with the scientific skills and knowledge needed to transform the issues of today.

Focusing on animal biology, our zoology course covers a broad range of topics such as wildlife conservation, ecology and animal behaviour. You’ll also cover the sciences that underpin zoology including genetics, biochemistry and statistics. Zoology is a practical subject, so you will learn in the laboratory, field and classroom. Whatever you are studying, we will encourage you to link with employers, from short-term work experience to a full year in industry.

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 the course.

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

View What inspired me to study Zoology/​Biology video transcript

Expert teaching

As a Zoology student at the University of Derby you'll be working with lecturers and tutors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and are carrying out research designed to offer fresh perspectives on important issues. Their wide-ranging work includes research into:

Dr Michael Sweet, Associate Professor in Aquatic Biology, is just one of the lecturers you will work with during your studies. Before coming to Derby he travelled the world working on a variety of projects including biodiversity index surveys in the Philippines and Malayisa, radio tracking Sumatran rhinos in Borneo, and being a game ranger in mainland Africa and Madagascar. Michael is now the manager of our Aquatic Research Facility and teaches on several of our undergraduate modules. He is also involved in a major research project looking at diseases that affect coral reefs.

Research is carried out within the University's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre which aims to address local, national and global goals for sustainable development, environmental understanding and clean growth.

Fish swimming aroud the corals in the Maldives

How we're helping corals survive

Coral reefs are dying off at an alarming rate. Our Aquatic Research Facility is carrying out work with organisations across the globe to make corals more resilient in the face of man-made afflictions.

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Excellent fieldwork opportunities

Fieldwork is a vital element of this course and so every stage your studies will be enriched with fieldwork opportunities - the cost of mandatory fieldwork is included in your course fee. Through our fieldwork programme, we introduce students to a variety of survey techniques for a wide range of species, such as:

For further practical experience, you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply for work placements and paid internships. All of this means you'll be well placed to launch your career, whether you are looking for a graduate job or are planning to go into further study or research.

Take a look at the below video created by our second year BSc (Hons) Zoology students during a one-week trip to Mallorca as part of their optional module in ‘Field Biology’. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, they went on short excursions around the island, explored the natural plant diversity, searched for invertebrates, went on scenic hikes and located wild goats.

Zoology fieldtrip to Mallorca

Professional credibility

This course was one of the first of its kind in the country to receive accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology, an accolade which carries significant weight within the sector and is only granted after a rigorous independent assessment. The Royal Society acts as a single unified voice for biology, advising the government, influencing policy, advancing education and professional development, and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. It only accredits degrees that offer students a solid academic foundation in subject knowledge, technical abilities and transferable skills.

This means that, when you graduate, 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.

In addition, we also have accredited degree pathway status from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). After being assessed, CIEEM approved that this course offers students the underpinning knowledge and practical skills, including core ecological and environmental theory and significant practical experience, which are required by employers seeking to recruit graduates for a wide range of applied practitioner roles.

Strong employer links

You’ll benefit from excellent opportunities for work experience and internships through our partnerships with organisations like Sea Life, Derby Museums and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. We encourage you to undertake work experience throughout your degree to gain real insights into zoology and related areas.

You could also get involved in voluntary work with zoology related industries and the wider community, contributing to initiatives which help safeguard local nature sites and improve the region's green spaces.

Take a look at the below video for graduate, Ibrahim Fetin's experience at Sea Life where he carried out his third year research project on on black tip reef sharks.

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

View Sea Life Centre Partnership video transcript

Far-reaching research

You'll learn from a research-active teaching team who are pursuing important studies into diverse topics including the evolution of animal mating strategies, disease-causing agents in corals, bioremediation of freshwater ecosystems, the welfare of captive orangutans, and the genetics and conservation of natterjack toads.

Our staff publish influential papers and conduct research locally, nationally and globally, like Zoology Programme Leader, Dr Maren Huck. Before Maren joined the University of Derby she completed postdoctoral research with Prof. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque (then University of Pennsylvania, now Yale University) at the Owl Monkey Project in the Formosa province of northern Argentina. Owl monkeys are unusual not only because they are the only night-active true monkeys, but also because they belong to only a handful of mammals that are pair-living and genetically monogamous. Furthermore, males are the main carer of the infants.

Still in collaboration with the project, Maren, Eduardo and other colleagues continue to investigate the evolution of pair-living, monogamy, and male care, as well as other aspects of owl monkey behaviour – taking advantage of a database that spans more than 20 years of fieldwork. This even involved one of our Zoology students volunteering and collecting data for her final year project on owl monkeys in Argentina.

Owl monkey in the trees at dusk.
Photo taken by Dr Maren Huck of an owl monkey in northern Argentina, as part of her research into their nocturnal and parental behaviour.

What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3BY500

Organisms and their Environments

This module is an introduction to organisms and their environments. This module develops a basic understanding of ecology, biodiversity and environmental sustainability, through the study of interactions between organisms in natural environments and those modified by man. This module outlines the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the biosphere; the cycling of biologically important chemical elements at different scales; the flow of energy through food chains; introduces the concepts of food webs, ecosystems, communities, and biomes.

This module will be taught through a series of interlinked lectures, tutorials, practicals and field trips, and guided independent self-study. Indicative content includes ecological concepts such as: biotic and abiotic environments; ecological niche; food chains and food webs; energy and nutrient flow; nutrient cycling; ecological succession; ecosystems, communities and biomes; biodiversity and biodiversity loss; food and farming; climate change; environmental sustainability.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EV501

Academic and Practical Skills

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.

The module will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, and workshop sessions. The module will cover three broad themes linked to individual awareness / personal development, digital literacy and study skills. Topics will be delivered by a range of academic and specialist support staff. Indicative content includes: learning styles, student wellbeing, employability, scientific writing, oral communication, teamwork, note-taking, exam preparedness, information location and retrieval and plagiarism and referencing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3FO502

Principles of Cellular Biology

This module will introduce the key concepts that underpin biological sciences. It will provide students with a theoretical understanding of the fundamental bioscience areas of cellular biology, biochemistry and genetics. It will also introduce students to how biotechnology is informing our current knowledge of the regulation of cellular mechanisms. The module will also incorporate practical learning to enable students to apply their bioscience knowledge.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify key cellular biological features and show an understanding of genetic and biochemical regulation
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyse and interpret laboratory/practical data
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3BY503

Introduction to Environmental Science

This is an interdisciplinary module that introduces learners to the study of a broad range of environmental sciences. It is highly practical and underpinned by both field and theoretical investigations; this will normally include a residential field course. Learners will apply a range of appropriate techniques to explore features of the environment, collect appropriate data and undertake fundamental analysis of the data, building confidence in quantitative approaches and providing a baseline for future development in this area.

The indicative module content will consist of:

  • Introduction to landscapes and landscape features
  • Environmental processes Environmental change over temporal and spatial scales
  • Habitat types and the factors that control them. Methods of collecting environmental data including chemical (e.g. O2 concentration, pH), physical (e.g. river flow characteristics), and biological (e.g. sampling techniques for a range of species)
  • Design of environmental assessments
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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3FO501

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

This module will provide students with a theoretical understanding of physiology and anatomy of the relevant body systems. Fundamental anatomical and physiological concepts will be explored for a range of body systems in relation to what these systems consist of and how they function. The concepts of health and disease will be introduced as the range of body systems are explored.

The module will incorporate both theoretical and practical learning to enable students to apply their knowledge of the human body.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3FO503

Principles of Chemistry

This module aims to gives students an overview of some of the basic chemical principles that form the foundations of chemistry. Students will learn about the fundamental building blocks of chemistry, exploring the states of matter, its structure and organisation. Students will gain an understanding of the chemical principles of interactions and reactions at the atomic level. Students will then explore fundamental chemistry which underpins applied fields such as forensic science and biology.

The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions, employing a range of active learning approaches. Lectures will introduce students to fundamental theories, while problem-based learning in tutorials will be used to consolidate students' understanding of the key concepts. Students will also undertake chemistry-based laboratory experiments to apply the theoretical concepts in a practical context and gain basic laboratory skills. Indicative content will include states of matter, atomic structure, trends in the periodic table, rates of reactions and catalysis in applied biological and forensic chemistry.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3GL500

Foundations in Geoscience

This module offers a place-based introduction to the field of Geoscience. Students will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of geography and geology and how these subjects can be applied to understand real-world issues at the local scale. Students will use Derby, its waterways and its environs as a focus to learn about how geology and geography contribute to our appreciation, understanding and management of local environments.

The module will be taught through a series of lectures, practical classes and field experiences in the Derby area. Indicative content areas include: climate, hydrology, geomorphology, geology, hazard management, urban development, local history.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4BY503

Ecology

Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. This module develops a basic understanding of the fundamental ideas and concepts that have been used to understand these interactions and the consequential distribution and abundance of species. The module will explore these aspects at different levels ranging from a focus on the individual up to full communities. The practical side of the module will introduce students to field techniques useful for both practical and scientific ecological investigations. The module will therefore form a sound basis of knowledge for studying ecological topics in the second and third year as well as a basic understanding of the breadth of ecology for those who do not take the discipline further.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY504

Evolution of Life

This module introduces students to the process of biological evolution, and the variety of living organisms. It introduces the concepts of ‘species’ and the bases on which different species are distinguished, including comparative morphology and anatomy, and molecular approaches. The bases of binomial nomenclature, taxonomy and systematics are also introduced. Whilst the main focus of the module is on the first groups of organisms to evolve, broad general themes such as macroevolution and rates of evolutionary change are also introduced. The module also enables the development of basic laboratory skills in microbiology and microscopy; and includes practical experience in the use of keys for classification.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY505

Genetics

Since the full elucidation of DNA structure in 1952 our knowledge in the field of genetics has increased exponentially. The development of molecular techniques means that genetics now has the capacity to impact on almost all areas of human life. Medical testing, conservation work and criminal investigation are three diverse examples of areas that in which genetics plays a major role. Knowledge of such a significant area is thus a pre-requisite for all biological and forensic based study. The module aims to provide a broad introduction to, and basic understanding of, the key concepts in classical and molecular genetics. The module also addresses the role of genetics in society and some of the ethical issues that surround its use.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY506

Anatomy and Physiology

Fundamental anatomical and physiological concepts in biology will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic interaction between the structure and function of organ systems and their relationship with the internal and external environment. Comparative Physiology will also be introduced. Concepts of health and disease and medical intervention will be identified throughout the module as a range of body systems are explored. Assessment will be via a portfolio of work built up over the course of the module.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY507

Invasion of the Land

The focus of this module is on fish and groups of organisms that have adapted to life on land, including lower and higher plants, insects and spiders, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. In addition to covering the classification and biology of these groups, wider evolutionary topics will be covered. These will include co-evolution of plants and animals and the causes of extinction.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY533

The Science of Life

This module provides students with a range of underpinning knowledge that can support their learning and development in the programme. It takes a deep learning problem-solving approach to teach, practice and apply a range of sciences including maths, physics and chemistry to the biological sciences. Sessions will investigate a range of biological questions and explore how we can use other sciences to help us answer such questions. In doing so the module seeks to get away from the traditional approach of learning other sciences and then applying them to biology – but instead encourages learning the background science required to explore biological questions.

It is envisaged that this biologically focussed approach will inspire curiosity and the enhance thirst for learning in students. As an example, we may choose to explore how chameleons change colour. This biological question requires knowledge of osmosis, intermolecular forces, lattice/crystalline structures and nanoparticles. Sessions will be carefully structured and sequenced to allow learners to develop an increasing knowledge of other sciences and how they might be applied to biology.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY515

Invertebrates

The majority of life forms on this planet belong to “invertebrate” phyla. This module builds upon previous modules such as level 4 “Origins of life” and “Invasion of the Land”. It aims to examine the range of form and function among the major invertebrate phyla and to consider the possible evolutionary relationships between them. The module will also examine life-history strategies and invertebrate communities (in plankton, leaf-litter and freshwater).
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY534

Independent Research and Professional Development

The module will prepare students for their Independent Studies research project undertaken at level 6 and deliver important information regarding research design and ethics. Students will receive guidance on how to plan and propose a piece of independent research and complete the University Research Ethics proposal form, as well as relevant Health and Safety documents. The module will also address the student’s current professional development with a focus on increasing awareness of graduate skill and career pathways.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BY535

Research Methods

This module will support the students in developing a solid foundational understanding of experimental design processes and considerations, as well as key probability and statistical analysis concepts. Students will be taught basic probability theory, leading to an understanding of probability distributions and density functions. We will then build on this by introducing the students to a range of basic statistical tests including t-tests and analysis of variance (ANOVA). Once students have gained confidence in the applications of these tests, linear regression methods will be introduced in order to prepare students for more advanced tests (which they are likely to need to use in their independent studies in the third year and potential careers).

The vast majority of researchers in the biological and zoological areas now use the statistical programming language R to conduct their analyses. Students will be introduced to R and shown how to implement the statistical analyses as well as basic simulations within R.

In addition, students will conduct design, run, and analyse an experiment run over several weeks, resulting in a simulation of a submission of a scientific paper. This will support the students in integrating their increasing knowledge of the application of experimental design and data analysis, as well as providing them with strong training in presenting their work in the form of a journal article.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY503

Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour

This module aims to give the student a broad understanding of the study of animal behaviour. It introduces the field of animal behaviour both from the perspective of physiological mechanisms and evolutionary function. The module builds upon Level 4 modules and provides a background in behaviour for those wishing to take Level 6 Behavioural Ecology.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY504

Biological Science Block Credit Study Abroad 1

This is a block credit module for students studying Biological Sciences, who undertake one semester of overseas study as part of their BS “Study Abroad” programme. On receipt of a formal transcript from the partner overseas HEI, those students who have successfully achieved the equivalent of 60 credits of learning in the subject will have this module credited to their Academic Transcripts (profile). This is a pass/fail module - only the credits, not the grades, are transferred to UoD.
60 Credits
optional

Code: 5BY505

Biological Science Block Credit Study Abroad 2

This is a block credit module for students studying Biological Sciences, who undertake one semester of overseas study as part of their BS “Study Abroad” programme. On receipt of a formal transcript from the partner overseas HEI, those students who have successfully achieved the equivalent of 60 credits of learning in the subject will have this module credited to their Academic Transcripts (profile). This is a pass/fail module - only the credits, not the grades, are transferred to UoD.
60 Credits
optional

Code: 5BY506

Biological Science Block Credit Study Abroad 3

This is a block credit module for students studying Biological Sciences, who undertake one semester of overseas study as part of their BS “Study Abroad” programme. On receipt of a formal transcript from the partner overseas HEI, those students who have successfully achieved the equivalent of 60 credits of learning in the subject will have this module credited to their Academic Transcripts (profile). This is a pass/fail module - only the credits, not the grades, are transferred to UoD.
60 Credits
optional

Code: 5BY509

Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology module builds directly on a range of aspects of genetics covered in the first year modules; particularly ‘Genetics’ and ‘Chemistry for Life’. The module also provides direct support to a wide range of material that will be covered in both biological and forensic modules in the third year. The module covers both theoretical and practical aspects of evolutionary and forensic genetics. A range of skills will be developed which are directly relevant to the workplace.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY510

Field Biology

The student will have the opportunity to discover how organisms are adapted to real environments and integrated into functioning ecosystems. The module offers training in practical field techniques on a residential fieldtrip. The module consists of both lectures and real field experience. Students will collect data using a variety of techniques and learn to analyse the data using a range of relevant statistical methods. A variety of locations may be offered in the UK or abroad.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY512

Microbiology

Micro-organisms have adapted to every available habitat on earth. They have a profound impact on our lives and our environment. This module looks at both the harmful and beneficial effects of microbes and seeks to develop an understanding of their diversity and importance. The module contains a large component of practical laboratory work.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY513

Adaptation to Environment

The diversity of terrestrial and aquatic life can be divided into several large, distinct regions, biomes that are characterised by their plant and animal life. This module will consider this diversity, explore the underlying reasons for it and how plants and animals are adapted life in different biomes. The interactions of organisms within biomes will be considered. The module aims to develop an understanding of the impact of abiotic/biotic factors on the characteristics of life in different biomes. This is contextualised in terms of the impact of human activities and resilience of natural systems to unsustainable practices.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY516

Vertebrate Biology

This module continues on from the Level 4 introduction to the vertebrate group. It examines the range of forms found within the chordate phylum and considers the evolutionary relationships within the group. It considers evidence from morphology, anatomy, and behaviour to support the evolutionary hypotheses. It presents information about how vertebrates are studied in the field. This module underpins the work of many others.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY520

Human Reproduction

This module is designed to cover a range of topics in the field of human reproduction, including developmental genetics, infertility, sexually transmitted diseases and sex determination. It will be delivered via face-to-face lectures and tutorials from academic staff and medical specialists, as well as having associated directed study. It will be assessed via a two-element piece of coursework and a written exam.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5SO528

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5SO529

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BY995

Independent Studies In Biosciences

This module represents an opportunity for the student to exercise initiative, creative thinking, and organisational skills in the pursuit of an independent piece of work of his/her choosing (subject to approval on academic, safety and ethical grounds where appropriate), and is a continuation of personal skill development initiated in Stages 4 and 5. Central to the research study will be a degree of problem solving and formulation and testing of hypotheses.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BY502

Behavioural Ecology

This module aims to give the student an understanding of the field of behavioural ecology: the study of the survival value of behaviour. The module builds upon previous modules such as Biological Basis of Behaviour. It focuses on two of the main topics in this field: sexual selection and the evolution of altruistic behaviour. By introducing students to current areas of research and controversy in behavioural ecology, it is hoped that they will develop an appreciation of the nature of research in this area.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY503

Habitat Managment

Ever increasing pressures are being placed on the natural environment whilst at the same time there is a necessity to maintain global biodiversity. It will only be possible to achieve both in a crowded world by carefully managing selected areas for their wildlife. Such management, if carried out scientifically, has the potential not only to maintain or enhance biodiversity but to restore it. This module looks at the ecological principles behind the management of habitats for their biodiversity. It takes a scientific evidence-based approach to habitat management, translating ecological theory into hands-on practical management.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY504

The Human Genome

Each of us carries the record of our personal evolutionary history locked up in our genome. Our genome can also influence our future health and longevity. The focus of this module is an investigation into the main components of the Human genome. We also look at the history of the Human Genome Project and the future prospects now that we have the genome sequence in both biological and forensic contexts. Human genome sequence organization is also contrasted with a number of model organisms from bacteria through to other primates. We also look at the DNA sequence databases and how DNA sequence data is deposited, retrieved and manipulated.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY505

Oncology and Immunology

This module provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge of two specialised areas of human biology; oncology and immunology. Subjects covered will include the genetics of cancer biology, carcinogenesis and epidemiology, virology and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. The teaching team will include experts from medicine and research, and careers in these fields will be emphasised. Assessment will be via two pieces of coursework (an essay and oral presentation) and an exam.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY506

Science Communication

Effective communication of scientific information to a wide audience is vital social, economic and political tool for society. This module will investigate modes and implementation of effective science communication through a series of workshops. Student will cover the spectrum of delivery methods in modern society including areas such as newspapers, museums, TV programmes and the World Wide Web. Students will also discover the challenges that ineffective communication can present through a series of interesting case studies.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6BY507

Vocational Module

Work experience and volunteering are two important routes to develop a fundamental understanding of issues related to employment within a chosen organisation. This module also has far reaching benefits in terms of providing valuable hands on experience and a platform for developing ideas outside of the taught curriculum. This module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a placement within a company, voluntary body or public establishment and is designed for Level 6. The student has freedom to select an appropriate host organisation. By placing the module at level 6, the student should be able to undertake a project based on their knowledge and understanding at this higher level.

The project should be selected so as to generate benefit to the host organisation. An integral part of the student experience is the compilation of a report based on deep reflection of personal experiences acquired during the placement. The report should also reflect wider issues such as the objectives, structure and procedures of the host body and the role of volunteers within the organisation. This analysis must be of a depth commensurate with Level 6 study. The placement work must relate to the student’s degree programme but must have clear differentiation from their Independent Study project in respect of either location or topic.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BY508

Wildlife Conservation

The conservation of biological diversity is a complex multidisciplinary science. Despite a rapid growth in public interest, funding and local regional and international efforts the loss of species and habitats continues at a rate consistent with historical mass extinctions. Currently, in 2016, the IUCN estimates that up to 37% of mammals, 14% of birds and 56% of amphibian species are threatened with extinction. This module examines the factors that are causing this decline and the strategies that can be implemented to preserve as much of the remaining biological diversity of the Earth as possible. These issues are complex and multifaceted and, whilst the module will concentrate on the biological principles of conservation biology, it will also approach the topic from the multidisciplinary perspective that is required to find a lasting solution to these issues.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BY509

Advanced Methods in Zoology

This module draws on the expertise of members of staff and trains students in various areas of research, focusing on the application of particular research methodologies. As such it does not address one all-encompassing subject, but addresses skills that are rarely taught within zoology degrees, and will therefore provide students with knowledge and abilities that link the degree level with post-graduate research levels. In addition to developing new skills, students will gain valuable experience in utilising freely available software that is widely utilised by current researchers. Indicative example topics that maybe included: linear regression analysis using R, Home-range analysis and habitat selection using the same software R, and Imaging methods.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BY510

Applied Entomology

This module focuses on insects of forensic importance (Diptera and Coleoptera) in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. It covers insect physiology, lifecycles, behaviour and classification and looks at how insects can provide evidence in medico-legal and environmental investigation. The module provides hands-on experience in insect collection, identification, rearing, accumulated degree day calculations and molecular analysis as well as exploring current research areas. Students will be able to attend additional research seminars on agricultural entomology.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6BY513

Ecological Consultancy

This module introduces the learner to the role of an ecological consultant, a relevant and established career path for graduates with ecological specialisms and growth sector for jobs. Building on skills learned at level 4 and 5 the module will examine key elements and skills required to start a career in the discipline. Students will be introduced to a series of survey techniques including phase 1 habitat surveys and survey techniques for a range of species and taxonomic groups. This content will be complemented by site assessment and report writing skills designed to ensure that learners can meet the exacting requirements of a professional report.

The delivery will consist of a range of lectures that cover the required module content and tutorials designed to support skill development in a range of survey techniques and report writing skills. The face to face content will be supported by relevant up to date generic and bespoke online materials. In addition, learners will be exposed to ecological professionals as either visiting speakers, through visits to appropriate premises or both which, along with personal reflection, will build employability awareness. A substantial element of staff led and independent fieldwork will be required to satisfactorily complete the module.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BY514

Tropical Marine Biology

The Tropical Marine Biology module builds directly on a range of aspects of general biology and zoology covered in first and second year modules, particularly, Evolution of Life, Invertebrates, and Rainforests, Deserts and Oceans. The module also provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the theory in real world scenarios with a tropical field trip. The module covers both theoretical and practical aspects of tropical marine biology specifically focusing on reef ecosystems. A range of skills will be developed which are directly related to marine biology and field research. Students will gain experience in conducting their own projects, presenting their findings in a conference style setting and write up their work in the form of a scientific paper.
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Coursework

Code: 6BY526

Student Initiated Module

This module aims to provide a route for individual learners to undertake an activity or range of activities that allow them to achieve specific learning goals. The module allows students to take responsibility for their own learning needs, effectively building on their existing skills and experiences as a basis for engagement in more in-depth learning relevant to their degree, personal development and future career plans. Student learners will be paired with an advisor (and sometimes a mentor) and will negotiate a learning contract that identifies what they want to achieve and how they will be assessed (subject to the requirements and standards of the University and the QAA).

As such the module provides a route for students to study aspects of their chosen programme that are not covered elsewhere and a means for high-level engagement and development of knowledge and skills that provide for personal attainment and satisfaction as well as increased progression to graduate-level destinations. The module also allows for the development of innovative assessment and pioneering ways of learning that are student-led and play to their strengths. In addition, the module provides an excellent platform for the development and demonstration of transferable skills, especially regarding the management of one’s own personal development.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Campus Tours

Campus Tours are a great way to explore our campuses, facilities and halls of residence. We’ll be running the tours in two-hour timeslots, giving you the best possible experience while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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How you will learn

You’ll be taught through lectures and tutorials, supported by hands-on practicals and fieldwork. You could study rutting red deer, or spend a week completing a project in the Mediterranean. You’ll also conduct an independent research project to develop your analytical skills in an area of your choice.

Assessment

Assessment is varied and includes computer-based assessments, scientific posters and oral presentations, professional reports, essays, making short videos, fieldwork and laboratory reports, as well as traditional written examinations. Many assessments can be tailored to suit your own interests and career goals.

Work placements

We offer full support to you if you decide to do a work placement in year three, which we strongly recommend. Work placement allows you to apply in a working environment the skills and knowledge you have gained on your course. This will give you more desirability in the eyes of potential employers. There is also a vocational module so you can gain credits by doing work related to your degree.

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Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC)

Specialising in securing clean environments, nature recovery, and resilience to natural hazards, we work collaboratively to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Dr Maren Huck
Programme leader

Dr Maren Huck is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Zoology and also the subject lead for "with-Foundation" programmes in Environmental Sciences. Her teaching focuses on animal behavioural ecology and related topics.

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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

"Completing a research placement at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre was an incredibly strong and positive addition to my studies at the University of Derby. It really helped develop my CV, enhanced my PhD applications and gave me a head start in my career pathway." Ben Mcilwaine, BSc (Hons) Zoology graduate

Our focus is on ensuring you develop strong intellectual, technical and personal skills to build an impressive CV and meet the needs of employers. With opportunities for internships, volunteering and placements, our hands-on approach to study will ensure you’re ready for the world of work.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

Through our Professional Development Package, you'll gain valuable skills, including:

In addition, our zoology course provides an excellent preparation if you would like to move on to further study, including medical qualifications, a masters degree or a PhD.

Careers and Employment Service

To boost your employment skills, you can access the University's Careers and Employment Service. The team can connect you with employers to help find opportunities for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. Our careers consultants are also on hand to guide you through the career options for your degree, CV writing, or starting your own business - and we commit to helping you for three years after you graduate to find a job. 

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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