Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Study Zoology alongside another subject to build an impressive portfolio of skills and open up even more career opportunities.

You can also study Zoology as a single honours subject.

Combine Zoology with another subject you love and develop the versatility, adaptability and wide-ranging skills that employers are seeking.

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Gain a broad understanding

Focusing on animal biology, our zoology course gives you insights into molecular biology, genetics, ecology, wildlife conservation, physiology and animal behaviour. It features lectures, tutorials and plenty of opportunity for practicals, fieldwork and independent research. You will study alongside students on the BSc (Hons) Zoology and the number of modules you take will depend on whether you select Zoology as a major, joint or minor subject.

Exciting fieldwork opportunities

Depending on your module selection, you will have the opportunity to take part in fieldtrips. Fieldwork and fieldtrips are a vital element of the zoology course, opening up a wide range of hands-on experiences for you. We work closely with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust so you will have access to its reserves for fieldwork and for voluntary zoology projects if you want to add a new dimension to your learning. As part of animal behaviour modules, our students have visited Twycross Zoo, attending a lecture on captive reproduction and studying young animals. They have also been on day trips to observe rutting behaviour in deer.

In your final year you will also have the opportunity to complete an independent research project, which will help you hone your analytical skills and specialise in an area of your choice.

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Valuable employer links

You will benefit from our strong associations with employers ranging from zoos and wildlife parks to museums, conservation organisations and government bodies. We encourage you to undertake a work placement in Year Three to gain real insights into zoology and related areas. You could also get involved with voluntary work in the wider community, contributing to initiatives which help safeguard local nature reserves and improve the city’s green spaces.

Far-reaching research

You will learn from an enthusiastic and dedicated zoology 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. In just one example, Professor Karim Vahed was elected a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society for his ‘substantial contribution to the study of insects’ and has featured on TV programmes such as the BBC documentary Spider House.

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What you will study

You can study Zoology as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.

 

Depending on your other Joint Honour subjects, you may not be able to take some of the below modules. This module information is offered as a guide to show the range of modules that are on offer for our Joint Honour students. Addtionally, some modules may be prescribed to ensure you get the correct science knowledge before you proceed to the next stage. 

The number of modules you'll study in stages 2 and 3 of your studies will depend on whether you select Zoology as a major, joint, or minor subject.

You'll study a selection of modules, such as:

  • Induction Module (Zero credits)This module provides you with an introduction to studying at the University of Derby. It is designed to provide an online environment in which you can become proficient in the skills required for HE study
  • Human Biology - You will explore the relationship between structure and function in the human body, and study the inter-dependence of life support systems and the interaction of the biological state with the environment
  • Evolution of Life - You will be introduced to the process of biological evolution and to the variety of living plants and animals. You'll focus on the first groups of organisms to evolve, prior to the colonisation of land
  • Ecology - You will be introduced to the interactions between organisms and their environment. This module includes both tutorials and fieldwork
  • Chemistry of Life - You will be introduced to the basic concepts of chemistry and how molecules are used in the functioning of the cell unit and its biochemical processes
  • Invasion of the Land - You will focus on groups of organisms that have adapted to life on land, including terrestrial fungi, lower and higher plants, insects, spiders and amphibians, reptiles and mammals
  • Genetics - You will gain a broad introduction to, and basic understanding of, the key concepts in classical and molecular genetics
  • Research Methods - You will learn about planning and conducting research including analysis of data using statistics. This helps to prepare you for your own independent studies research carried out at Stage 3
  • Vertebrate Biology - This module examines the range of forms of vertebrates and considers the evolutionary relationships within the group. It considers evidence from morphology, anatomy, and behaviour to support the evolutionary hypotheses
  • Invertebrate Biology - You will examine the range of form and function among the major invertebrate groups and the possible evolutionary relationships between them. The module will also explore life-history strategies and invertebrate communities (in plankton, leaf-litter and freshwater)
  • Independent Research and Professional Development (Zero credit) - This module will prepare you for your Independent Studies research project undertaken at level 6. It will also address your current professional development with a focus on increasing awareness of graduate skill and career pathways
  • Rainforests, Deserts and Oceans - You will look at the interactions of organisms within biomes, and review issues associated with the sustainable exploitation of different biomes. This module includes a fieldtrip
  • Microbiology - You will learn about microbial structure and function, and how this relates to the harmful and beneficial effects of microbes. An appreciation of microbial diversity will be developed, through exploring microbial roles in a range of settings such as environment, biotechnology, and health
  • Molecular Biology - You will develop an understanding of the molecular basis of fundamental biological and forensic processes, such as transcription and translation. You will be introduced to the current techniques and approaches in molecular biology applied in a forensic and evolutionary context
  • Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour - You will explore the study of animal behaviour including physiological mechanisms and evolutionary function. There will also be a field trip to a zoo
  • Human Reproduction - You will cover a range of topics in the field of human reproduction, including developmental genetics, infertility, sexually transmitted diseases and sex determination
  • Independent Studies for Conservation, Biology and Ecosystems - You will undertake an independent piece of work of your choosing (subject to approval). This module represents an opportunity to exercise initiative, creative thinking, and organisational skills, and is a continuation of personal skill development initiated at Levels 4 and 5
  • The Human Genome - We take a tour around the human genome; only 1.5% of which encodes for protein-coding genes. You will develop your understanding of the molecular evolution of DNA sequences, bioinformatics and genomics. You will learn how the human genome can be used and applied to answer questions ranging from human evolution to forensic biology
  • Behavioural Ecology - You will focus 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
  • Advanced Methods in Zoology - This module draws on the expertise of members of staff and trains students in various areas of research, addressing skills that are rarely taught within zoology degrees. Indicative example topics that may be included: advanced statistics using programme R, an introduction to GIS, in particular home-range analysis and habitat selection using the same software programme R, and Imaging methods – including the use of our Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Ecological Consultancy - You will examine key elements and skills required to start a career in ecology. You 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
  • Vocational Module (Work Placement) - The student has freedom to select an appropriate host organisation to undertake a placement within a company, voluntary body or public establishment. 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
  • Applied Entomology - This module focuses on insects in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. You will explore physiology, lifecycles, behaviour and classification and look at how insects are used in four core areas of applied entomology; veterinary and medical entomology, agricultural entomology, environmental entomology and forensic entomology
  • Wildlife Conservation - Biodiversity loss is seen by governments as one of the most important concerns facing the continued healthy survival of human populations in an increasingly crowded world. This module critically examines methods used to create the conditions under which wildlife can continue to exist in natural environments alongside human societies
  • Science Communication - Effective communication of scientific information to a wide audience is vital social, economic and political tool for society. You will explore the spectrum of delivery methods in modern society including newspapers, museums, TV and the internet. You will discover the challenges of ineffective communication through a series of case studies
  • 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
  • Habitat Management - 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

 

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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How you will learn

You will be taught through lectures and tutorials, supported by hands-on practicals and fieldwork, such as studying animal interaction at Twycross Zoo. You will also conduct an independent research project to develop your analytical skills in an area of your choice.

How you're assessed

Assessment is varied and includes computer-based assessments, presentations, and posters, as well as traditional written examinations.

Fieldtrips

Depending on your module selection, you will have the opportunity to take part in fieldtrips. Fieldwork allows you to get hands-on experience in the area of work you're studying towards. 

As part of your module in animal behaviour, you'll be able to visit Twycross Zoo and observe animals, which will ensure that you develop an understanding of the ways animals behave. You'll also be able to attend a lecture on captive reproduction and have the chance to study young animals, which will enhance your knowledge in zoology. There will also be day trips which involve the observation of rutting behaviour of deer.

Work placements

A work placement will allow you to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained on your course and apply them in a work environment. 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 2020 typical entry requirements

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

At least a C in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science at A-level, or Science related BTEC/Access Diploma (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

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* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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

Our focus is on ensuring you develop strong intellectual, technical and personal skills to build an impressive CV and meet the needs of employers. The broad-based knowledge you gain on a Joint Honours degree will also help set you apart.

On completion of this course, you will 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. There are also opportunities to progress to careers in research, teaching, the museum sector, environmental and ecosystem management, the media, the scientific civil service and areas such as biomedical science.

If you want to continue learning with us at postgraduate level, you could consider our MSc Conservation Biology, 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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† Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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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.

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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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