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University of Roehampton

Zoology

UCAS Code: C300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

128

2017 A level requirement including Biology or another Science subject. GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Zoology

You will unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and understand how important they are to the worlds ecosystems.Our BSc Zoology degree explores the biology of a wide range of fascinating animals from the smallest organisms to birds and primates. This course covers the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of animals, along with how to care for and conserve them. You will gain an expert understanding of modern zoology in all its forms from conservation management to paleoanthropology to molecular biology. We place a strong emphasis on practical and field work with opportunities to work in the field, locally and overseas, to gain valuable skills required for your career.Our Zoology degree is taught by leading biologists, biomedical scientists and anthropologists who have links to the Wetlands Centre in Barnes, international wildlife trusts, and citizen science projects such as the Riverfly Partnership. The degree is highly rated by students with 90% student satisfaction for teaching (National Student Survey 2016). The course is taught at Whitelands College with beautiful views overlooking nearby deer-filled Richmond Park, where you will conduct field study, learning about animal behaviour and river restoration. You will learn core laboratory skills such as titration, pipetting, and how to design and carry out laboratory experiments such as addressing climate change or identifying biological or physiological traits of animals.You will undertake a conservation biology practical on Londons Wimbledon Common and you can visit different field sites in Wales representing various UK habitats including river ecosystems, sand dunes, woodlands and rocky shores. This week-long trip will provide you with the perfect experience for work in either habitat or conversation management as you will gain field-based skills in ecology, animal behaviour, and animal physiology. You will survey the environment, take measurements, collect samples, perform biochemical analysis in practical laboratory work, and interpret your data creating reports and giving presentations on the results of your findings.There is an optional and student-funded module, called Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course which involves a two-week adventure to South Africa. You will learn directly from people living and working in conservation and related fields, and study South Africas wildlife including elephants, lions and rhinos. It will give you a unique insight into the reality of conservation in Africa, and will provide you with a valuable experience of another culture and country. Read about Sarah Crudingtons experience.Our Zoology tutors from the Department of Life Sciences are dedicated to understanding and improving the living world through ground-breaking advances in scientific research. They have discovered new chameleon species in Tanzania, reintroduced Iguanas back into the wild and have studied parkour athletes as a way to find out how apes travel effectively through tree-tops.

Modules

In your first year, you will explore the diversity of life on our planet, learning about the evolution and biology of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, vertebrate physiology, cell and plant biology, basic biochemistry, and how to analyse and interpret your data. You will be taught in lectures, in practical lab activities, interactive exercises, and on field trips.

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. You will have the option to take specialist modules on ecology, molecular biology and ethology, and develop a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales will provide you with a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection. Within the lab, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment including microscopes, imaging software, flow-through cytometers for counting bacteria and DNA sequencing tools.

In your final year, you will undertake an independent research project during which you will collect original data. You will also take advanced modules of your choice that focus on key aspects of zoology such as animal cognition, aquatic biology, palaeoanthropology, and conservation. An optional self-funded module based in South Africa will provide you with an opportunity to observe wildlife and learn from the conservation experts based in the field.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Roehampton

Department:

Life Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
44%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

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.

£18,691
med
Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
100%
med
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Zoology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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