Zoology - BSc (Hons)

Explore and understand the diversity of animal biology – from amoeba to zebras, and from world-class zoos to the rainforests of Africa and beyond – with our BSc (Hons) Zoology BSc (Hons) degree in Cambridge.

Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, our BSc (Hons) Zoology degree is a practical subject with plenty of opportunity to learn and practise new skills, both in the lab and out in the field.

Course details

Our Zoology BSc (Hons) course will see you joining the likes of Charles Darwin, Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough in exploring and explaining the diversity of animals from all over the globe.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You’ll build an understanding and skill-set in anatomy and physiology, behaviour, genetics, ecology and evolution, and the importance of wildlife conservation. As part of your studies, you’ll get the opportunity to learn hands-on zoology skills – with plenty of time in our labs in Cambridge, as well as on field trips around the UK and beyond. Develop the scientific training and practical skills you need for a career in wildlife conservation, environmental consultancy or in zoos.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


Our BSc (Hons) Zoology degree will open up a world of professional careers relating to the biology of animals. You could choose to work in the field, in the laboratory, or both – anywhere in the world.

After graduating, you might want work for a zoo, a wildlife conservation organisation or even an education or research establishment. Our students have gone to work for leading zoos, local wildlife trusts, and fieldwork and research teams in exciting places from Costa Rica to Africa.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be able to apply for membership of the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Society of Biology, and other professional organisations.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. Besides exams, these include essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom- or laboratory-based tests, and reviews of scientific papers.

  • Animal Physiology and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Ecology and Conservation
  • Principles of Biology
  • Quantitative Techniques and Tools for Biologists
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 4
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Principles of Genetics and Evolution
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Field Skills in Biology
  • Biological Research Skills
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • GIS and Spatial Ecology
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 5
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Ecophysiology
  • Wildlife Conservation

Optional modules

  • Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
  • Tropical Ecology and Management
  • Developmental Biology and Genetics
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Zoos and Zoo Animal Management
  • Practical Marine Biology
  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
  • Animal Communication