BSc (Hons) Zoology -

Zoology is the science of animals. In this course, you will develop an understanding of all aspects of animal biology in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments. You will gain in-depth knowledge of animal ecology and evolution, and develop the key lab skills in animal behaviour, molecular biology, physiology, and cellular biology that are sought after by employers and are necessary for postgraduate education.

Course details

Gain a strong foundation in theoretical aspects of ecology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, evolution and genetics.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus
University of Plymouth

Course overview

You will gain key practical experience in diverse laboratory and field practicals across your studies and have the opportunity to participate in residential field courses in years one and two, giving you first-hand experience of a range of ecosystems. Recent field course locations include Slapton in Devon and Kenya.

Develop high-level laboratory skills across animal biology in a wide range of taxa and habitats and gain key transferable skills that are sought after by employers.

Undertake in-depth field studies of animals, which could include residential courses in the UK and abroad or alternatives that develop field techniques and familiarity with a wide range of ecosystems and fauna.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112 – 128

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma/RQF National Extended Diploma in Science: DDD –

International Baccalaureate 30 diploma points overall, to include 5 diploma points in Biology (Higher Level) plus 5 diploma points in second science at Higher Level. English and Mathematics must be included.

Access To Higher Education Science-based diplomas, 33 credits in science-based units at merit including a minimum of 12 credits in biology units.
We would usually expect GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C / 4, or equivalent.


Benefit from our strong links with external organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, the Natural History Museums in London and Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium, the Field Studies Council, Whitley Wildlife Trust, the Donkey Sanctuary and Dartmoor National Park.

As a zoology student your career options are as varied as the range of species you will study. Whether you want to become a research scientist or work in the field of conservation, we’ll assist you throughout your degree to ensure that by the time you graduate you’ll be en route to the career of your choice.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Professional Development in Biological Sciences 1 (BIOL129Z)
  • Cells: The Building Blocks of Life (BIOL131Z)
  • Ecology and the Diversity of Life (BIOL132Z)
  • Principles of Physiology (BIOL133Z)
  • Behaviour and Ecology Field Biology (BIOL136Z)
  • Evolution and Behaviour (MBIO161Z)
  • Introduction to Biology (BIOL119Z)

Core modules

  • Animal Behaviour (BIOL205Z)
  • Professional Development in Biological Sciences 2 (BIOL225Z)
  • Animal Ecophysiology (BIOL226Z)
  • Zoology Field Course (BIOL230Z)
  • Comparative Zoology (BIOL232Z)
  • Methods in Biology (BIOL234Z)


Optional modules

  • Principles of Conservation Biology (BIOL204Z)
  • Biology of Marine Organisms (MBIO228Z)

Core modules

  • Personal Research (BIOL315Z)
  • Speciation and Diversity (MBIO324Z)


Optional modules

  • Global Change Biology (BIOL310Z)
  • Animal Nutrition (BIOL320Z)
  • Behavioural Ecology (MBIO317Z)
  • Fish and Fisheries (MBIO363Z)
  • Conservation Physiology (MBIO364Z)
  • Advanced Behaviour Analysis Techniques (BIOL323Z)
  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Phylogenetics (BIOL324Z)