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University of Roehampton

Integrated Masters in Zoology

UCAS Code: CC33

Master of Zoology - MZool

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Zoology

You will unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and how important they are to our planet’s ecosystems. This four year degree integrates a three-year Zoology degree with a final year of training in Masters-level scientific skills.

You will study the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecology of animals, along with how to care for and conserve them. You’ll gain an understanding of modern biology in all its forms from conservation management to paleoanthropology to molecular biology.

Throughout your time at Roehampton, you’ll be supported by a welcoming and diverse community of staff and students in high-quality facilities on a beautiful parkland campus. You'll have access to our excellent facilities and modern laboratories, along with the opportunity to conduct field work both locally and oveseas.

We offer innovative modules such as ‘Biodiversity’ where you will learn about the key aspects of evolution in animals, ‘Comparative Biology’ where you will gain as strong foundation in the evolutionary history, physiology, and behavior of vertebrates, and ‘Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course’ where you’ll learn directly from people living and working in conservation and related fields in South Africa, and study its wildlife first-hand. In the fourth year you will undertake modules in advanced analysis and hot topics in biology, working in small groups where you will be tutored by world experts both from Roehampton and other universities.

Modules

In your first year, you'll receive a thorough grounding in the evolution and biology of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, vertebrate physiology, cell and plant biology, basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.

In your second year, you'll carry out further studies in key aspects of animal biology, building on the knowledge gained during your first year, and have the option to take specific modules, which might can include ecology, molecular biology and ethology. You'll develop a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.

In your third year, you undertake an independent research project during which you will collect original data that advances our present understanding of the topic you investigate. You will also read specialist modules that focus on key aspects of zoology which are of particular interest to you, which could include animal cognition, aquatic biology, palaeoanthropology, and conservation. You also have the opportunity of going on a field course in South Africa.

In your final year, you will develop a higher-level of scientific thinking skills and practice. You'll explore the latest trends in Zoology and, further cement and develop your analytical research skills. You will undertake a large-scale research project as part of an active research laboratory, and immersing yourself in the scientific process. Your dissertation will culminate in the analysis and reporting of new data you have collected which adds to the world’s zoological knowledge.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Roehampton

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
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Zoology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Zoology

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Zoology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Unsurprisingly, the most common job for a zoology graduate on leaving is to work in a zoo or similar organisation - but there are a lot of other options available if you take this subject. Nearly a quarter of graduates take some kind of further qualification when they leave — mostly Masters degrees in zoology or related subjects, like biology or ecology — but a graduate from a zoology course can go into pretty much anything, with science, conservation, management, finance and marketing some of the most popular areas. Zoology graduates are also rather more likely than others to get a job overseas so if an international career appeals to you, this might be a degree to consider.

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