Undergraduate Extended DegreeZoology (extended degree)

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  • You’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with animals across the taxonomic spectrum, from microbes to humans and beyond in this Zoology BSc.
  • Gain first-hand experience out in the field, both at home and abroad, studying carnivorous plants, slippery eels, and South African 'big game' animals.
  • You will build your zoological knowledge and learn the latest laboratory techniques from well-respected experts.

Summary

You will unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and understand how important they are to the world’s eco systems.

The Zoology extended degree programme includes a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Zoology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The Foundation year is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with subject specific knowledge as a basis for success in your following three years.

Zoology explores the biology of a wide range of fascinating animals from the smallest organisms to birds and primates. You will study the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of animals, along with how to care for and conserve them. You will gain an understanding of modern biology in all its forms from conservation management to palaeoanthropology to molecular biology.

Throughout your time at Roehampton, you’ll be supported by a welcoming and diverse community of staff and students in high-quality facilities on a beautiful parkland campus. You'll have access to our excellent facilities and modern laboratories, along with the opportunity to conduct field work both locally and overseas.

We offer innovative modules such as ‘Biodiversity’ where you will learn about the key aspects of evolution in animals, ‘Comparative Biology’ where you will gain as strong foundation in the evolutionary history, physiology, and behaviour of vertebrates, and ‘Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course’ where you will learn directly from people living and working in conservation and related fields in South Africa, and study its wildlife first-hand.

During the foundation year, you will complete core modules in English and Mathematics, as well as an extended project which will develop your skills in carrying out research, using scholarly sources, drawing comparisons between your own research and that of others and documenting your findings. You will study two modules in Life Sciences which will give you the opportunity to explore methods of scientific thinking and reasoning in an enquiry-based way. You will also be introduced to key concepts in human physiology that are common cornerstones of the different degree programmes.

In your first year, you will explore the diversity of life on our planet, learning about the evolution and biology of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, vertebrate physiology, cell and plant biology, basic biochemistry, and how to analyse and interpret your data.

In your second year, you'll carry out further studies in key aspects of animal biology, building on the knowledge gained during your first year. You will have the option to take specialist modules on ecology, molecular biology and ethology, and develop a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales will provide you with a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.

In your final year, you will undertake an independent research project during which you will collect original data. You will also take advanced modules of your choice that focus on key aspects of zoology such as animal cognition, aquatic biology, palaeoanthropology, and conservation. An optional self-funded module based in South Africa will provide you with an opportunity to observe wildlife and learn from the conservation experts based in the field.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Scientific Thinking and Techniques
An Introduction to Human Physiology

Year 1

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

Year 2

Required modules:
Biosciences Field Course
Understanding Behaviour
Comparative Zoology
Ecology and Evolution
Biosciences Research Methods

Optional modules (students take one of the following):
Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice
Humans and other Primates

Year 3

Compulsory Module
Biosciences Research Project or Biosciences Independent Study

Optional Modules
Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Conservation Ecology
Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (optional student funded module)
Biological Data Analysis
Palaeoanthropology or Human Osteology and Diversity
Primate Behaviour and Cognition

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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.

Specialist facilities available for this course

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.