Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

120 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

C300

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

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

With an excellent reputation for quality, our undergraduate zoology course gives you a head start in a fascinating, rewarding and varied career.

You can also study Zoology as a Joint Honours subject.

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Interested in protecting endangered species, safeguarding habitats or encouraging greater understanding of animals in the wild and in captivity? Our degree helps you build the intellectual, professional, personal and technical skills you need.

Gain an in-depth understanding

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.

This is a hands-on, practical course with plenty of opportunities to undertake field work and laboratory work, develop your technical skills and gain the experience that employers want to see in graduates. Modules are taught through lectures, practical sessions, tutorials and fieldwork.

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Professional credibility

Royal Society of Biology

Our zoology 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.

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.

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.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

In addition, we also have accredited degree pathway status from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). The course has been assessed by CIEEM and has been found to offer 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.

Exciting fieldwork opportunities

Fieldwork is a vital element of this course and underpins our CIEEM accreditation.

Our zoology students are, for example, introduced to a variety of survey techniques for a wide range of species, have studied animal interaction at Twycross Zoo, and conducted ecological projects in Majorca. Those selecting our optional Tropical Marine Biology module have undertaken scientific investigations in the Maldives.

In your final year you’ll complete an independent research project, which will help you strengthen your analytical skills and specialise in an area of your choice.

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Strong employer links

You’ll benefit from our close working relationship with a broad range of employers from zoos and wildlife parks to museums, conservation organisations, ecological consultancies and government bodies.

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.

Far-reaching research

You’ll learn from an enthusiastic and dedicated teaching team, most of whom are active researchers. They 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, speak at global conferences, serve on the editorial boards of scientific journals and are in demand as media commentators. There is also the opportunity for you to meet professionals from the world of zoology and related fields so you can keep up to date with latest theories and developments.

What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Induction Module
  • Ecology
  • Evolution of Life
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Invasion of the Land
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Research Methods
  • Invertebrates
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Independent Research and Professional Development

Optional modules:

  • Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour
  • Field Biology
  • Human Reproduction
  • Microbiology
  • Rainforests, Deserts and Oceans
  • Molecular Biology

This course offers 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 of studies.

  • Independent Studies for Biosciences
  • Applied Entomology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Habitat Management
  • Oncology and Immunology
  • Science Communication
  • Vocational Module (Work Placement)
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Tropical Marine Biology
  • Advanced Methods in Zoology
  • Student Initiated Module

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.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

C at A level in Biology

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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.

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Find out more about Zoology

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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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Without industrial placement

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

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.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

With industrial placement

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

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.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

Our focus is on ensuring you develop strong intellectual, technical and personal skills to build an impressive CV and meet the needs of employers.

On completion of this course, you’ll have not only in-depth knowledge of zoology but also analytical skills to interpret data, written communication skills to produce reports, and project management skills from undertaking experiments and conducting research.

You could find work as a zoologist, ecologist, marine scientist, environmental consultant or nature conservationist, to name but a few roles. Recent graduates have gone on to work in zoos, wildlife parks, wildlife trusts, the RSPCA, the Environment Agency, veterinary practices and environmental consultancy. There are also opportunities to progress to careers in research, teaching, the museum sector, the media, the scientific civil service and areas such as biomedical science.

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.

You could choose to continue learning with us by embarking on our MSc Conservation Biology or MSc Environmental Assessment and Control, on which certain combinations of modules will make you eligible for membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Programme leader

Dr Maren Huck

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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, state-of-the-art 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.

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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