BSc Zoology

From the smallest organisms, birds and primates, to biodiversity, aquatic biology, habitat management and the threat of climate change, on our BSc Zoology you’ll study a wide range of fascinating animals and how they interact with their environments.

The 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.

Course details

Unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and understand how important they are to the world’s ecosystems.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

University of Roehampton

Course overview

With a strong emphasis on practical work, you will have plenty of opportunities to work in the field, both locally and overseas, to gain valuable skills for your career. You’ll 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’ll learn to survey the environment, take measurements, collect samples, perform biochemical analysis in practical laboratory work, and interpret your data by creating reports and giving presentations on the results of your findings.


Entry requirements

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent), Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience.

Specific entry requirements:

A-level / BTEC (or equivalent qualification) including Biology or another Science subject.

GCSE (or equivalent) requirement: Maths, Grade C / 4.


Careers within Zoology include conservation management and consultancy, museum curating and researcher positions. Graduates develop transferable high-level skills in team work, organising and communicating complex information, and analysis and evaluation, making them suitable for a great range of careers inside and outside of Biology.

Many of our graduates also go onto specialise further at postgraduate study, and take up places on our MRes Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation and MbyRes Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour.


All modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

Required modules

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
  • Cell Biology
  • Diversity of Life
  • Core Skills in Zoology
  • Introduction to Evolution

Required modules

  • Biosciences Field Course
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Comparative Zoology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Biosciences Research Methods

Optional module

  • Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice
  • Humans and other Primates
  • South African Field Course Preparation

Compulsory modules

  • Biosciences Independent Study
  • Biosciences Research Project

Optional modules

  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Human Osteology and Diversity
  • Primate Behaviour and Cognition
  • Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
  • Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course
  • Data Analysis for Zoologists and Bioscientists
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Field Work Methods in Ecology
  • Earth in Crisis: Interdisciplinary Approaches