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University of Southampton

Zoology

UCAS Code: C301

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

A level science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points required at higher level, including 6 points from Biology and 6 points from one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Scottish Higher

B

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

AAA from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Biology and one further science subject.

UCAS Tariff

27-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Zoology

Discover how zoology can be applied to the key challenges affecting our planet today, from the effects of global warming on animal life, to the ecological impact of populations and animals, and the survival of endangered species.
This programme is ideal preparation for a broad variety of careers including laboratory or field-based research, jobs in conservation and animal managements.
Southampton’s MSci Zoology degree explores the full variety of animal life giving you advanced knowledge of the specialist field of zoology.
Our expertise stretches from evolution and behaviour to gene regulation, neuroscience and development in a variety of animals.
Our unique link with world-renowned conservation charity – Marwell Wildlife, located only a few miles from our campus in Southampton, provides an opportunity to develop specific interests and expertise in zoology. You have the opportunity to carry out your final-year research project in collaboration with Marwell or a number of other organisations in the UK or abroad.
You will be taught by our expert lecturers and can also benefit from gaining extensive practical experience from a variety of field trips on offer in the UK, Spain and Belize.

Modules

Patterns of Life - Macromolecules of Life - Systems Physiology - Cell Biology & Genetics - Experimental and Field Biology - Ecology & Evolution - Core Skills in the Life Sciences – Evolution - Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science - Animal Behaviour - Marine Vertebrates - Adaptive Physiology or Neural Basis of Behaviour - Vertebrate Development - Laboratory Research Project - Field Research Project - In-Silico Research Project - Bioscience Business - Bioscience Education - External Research Project - Advanced Laboratory Research Project - Advanced Field Research Project - Current Research - Critical Thinking in Biological Research

Assessment methods

You will be helped to acquire skills through all aspects of the formal teaching programme. In years 1 and 2 this will mainly be through tutorial and coursework, whilst in year 3 your project work will enable you to further develop and practice many of the individual skills in one specific area of zoology. Year 4 will include an extend laboratory or field based research project which will further your interests, skills and knowledge in a specific area of zoology. In addition, tutorial support will be available throughout your degree programme.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

£20,800
high
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Customer service occupations
9%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals
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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