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Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-128* (September 2018 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

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
  • Human Biology
  • Evolution of Life 
  • Ecology
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Invasion of the Land 
  • Genetics
  • Research Methods
  • Rainforests, Deserts and Oceans
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour
  • Human Reproduction
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Independent Research and Professional Development
  • Independent Studies for Conservation, Biology and Ecosystems
  • The Human Genome 
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Advanced Methods in Zoology
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Vocational Module (Work Placement)
  • Applied Entomology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Science Communication
  • Oncology and Immunology
  • Student Initiative Module

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 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-128* (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

*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.

September 2019 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

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

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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Information for international applicants

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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).

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Dr Nel Beaumont (Programme Leader) E.Beaumont@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591156
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generaljointhonours@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† 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.

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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