• Zoology

Why study at Roehampton

  • Learn about a wide range of animals by travelling to their habitats both in the UK and in our field site in South Africa.
  • 92% student satisfaction with Zoology (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

In this course, you will unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and how important they are to our eco system.

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, the behaviour and ecology of animals which will inform how to preserve and care for animals. You will also gain an understanding in modern biology in all its forms from conservation management to palaeoanthropology to molecular biology.

Throughout your time at Roehampton, you’ll be supported in a welcoming and diverse community of staff and students in high-quality facilities on a beautiful parkland campus.

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

In your first year, you will explore the diversity of life on the 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 data.

Second year

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, and have the option to take specific modules on ecology, molecular biology and ethology. You'll 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.

Third year

In your final year, you undertake an independent research project during which you will collect original data that advances our present understanding of the topic you investigate. You will also read specialist modules that focus on key aspects of zoology which are of particular interest to you, such as animal cognition, aquatic biology, palaeoanthropology, and conservation. You also have the opportunity of taking an optional self-funded module based in South Africa.

Examples of final-year project titles

  • Laterality in elephants.
  • An investigation into differences in the behaviour of wild and captive meerkats.
  • Inter-group relationships in short-finned pilot whales.


On campus

The University’s extensive collection of zoological specimens enhances the learning experience and the laboratories are equipped with facilities for: DNA analysis, scanning electron microscopy, electrophysiology, high-performance liquid chromatography, environmental monitoring.

You will have free access to computer suites equipped with subject specific software, and you will get support for your work from a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.

Off campus

From Roehampton there is easy access to the many world-class facilities in London, including: Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Chessington Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

We also make good use of the excellent local wildlife areas, which include: Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park National Nature Reserve, WWT Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

What our students say

Ausrine Ciapaite - Zoology

"I've always wanted to work within life sciences, now I know when I graduate I'd like to work with animals."

Ausrine Ciapaite

Example modules

  • Animal Biology
  • Humans and other Primates
  • Conservation Ecology

Career options

Careers within Zoology include conservation management and consultancy, museum curating and researcher positions. After graduating you will have gained evaluating, reasoning and synthesising skills that are invaluable for a range of career paths.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

320 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Life Sciences »


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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View Key Information Set »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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