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Zoology is the science of animal life, whether it be microscopic or massive, aquatic or terrestrial. Zoologists study animal diversity, evolution, behaviour, anatomy, physiology, and ecology, and develop the scientific and analytical skills demanded in a broad range of professions. 

  • You will benefit from fantastic modern laboratories, a microscopy suite, a historic specimen collection and aquaria.
  • You will be taught by Zoology experts, some you may have already seen them on TV documentaries or perhaps even listened to them on your favourite science podcast.
  • Discover an area of unrivalled wildlife and countryside; Aberystwyth is a stone’s throw away from many internationally recognised habitats including the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, two RAMSAR wetlands, two marine Special Areas of Conservation, two National Nature Reserves, several Sites of Special Scientific Interest to name but a few, providing you with fabulous fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
  • We are a top 10 in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment (2014).
  • 78% of research is assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 REF.
  • If you are interested in obtaining a Master's degree, then our MBiol Zoology (C309) course will be for you. This sister course is for the first three years identical to BSc Zoology, however you will have an additional year to undertake and complete a Master's qualification.

Zoology is the science of animal life, whether it be microscopic or massive, aquatic or terrestrial. Zoologists study animal diversity, evolution, behaviour, anatomy, physiology, and ecology, and develop the scientific and analytical skills demanded in a broad range of professions.  You will benefit from fantastic modern laboratories, a microscopy suite, a historic...

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Course Content

In your first year you will cover subjects relating to:

  • The diversity of life on Earth from unicellular organisms to the multicellular invertebrates and vertebrates, relating form to function and the key evolutionary events that have occurred.
  • The fundamental principles of ecology and the relationships between species covering energy transfer, intra and inter-species interactions, resource utilisation etc.
  • The importance of plants as primary producers, their morphology, physiology and ecological adaptations.
  • The principles of genetics from molecules to populations and species.
  • The structure and function of eukaryotic cells and the chemistry of molecules within cells.
  • Wildlife forensics utilising forensic entomology and ecotoxicology, and the use of DNA ‘barcoding’ help solve wildlife crime.
  • You may also undertake subjects related to the major environmental process on Earth that have influenced flora and fauna, the history of our understanding of Biology and how it has developed over time, and the diversity of microbial life and their importance as pathogens, mutualists and within the ecosystem.

In your second year you will explore:

  • Invertebrate and vertebrate biology covering their evolution, physiology, ecology etc.
  • Evolution of organisms including speciation, phylogenetics and population genetics.
  • Animal behaviour including its function, causation, development and evolution.
  • The principles and practice of a range of basic quantitative and qualitative procedures, data analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
  • You may also undertake subjects related to species conservation and habitat management, the role of zoological gardens for animal conservation, and a field trip to Peru.
  • There are also opportunities to enhance your employability skills by taking your second year at a European institution (ERASMUS + exchange) or North America. Or you can take a year in employment between your second and third years.

In your third year you will be taught detail on:

  • Behavioural physiology, detailing the mechanisms which underpin behaviour and advance behaviours including orientation and navigation.
  • Population ecology focusing on the models used to account for the distribution and abundance of organisms.
  • A compulsory dissertation under the supervision of a member of the Zoology teaching staff.
  • You may also undertake subjects related to wildlife conservation and the importance of genetics in conserving species, parasitology covering the diversity of parasites and their potential to cause disease, the current and future threats to species and ecosystems, and animal welfare including the behavioural and physiological traits associated with pain and stress.

In your first year you will cover subjects relating to: The diversity of life on Earth from unicellular organisms to the multicellular invertebrates and vertebrates, relating form to function and the key evolutionary events that have occurred. The fundamental principles of ecology and the relationships between species covering energy transfer,...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB - BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB - BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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