Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses


  • Zoology

Why study at Roehampton

  • One of the few universities in London offering a Zoology degree.
  • Taught by experts in their fields to enrich your learning of contemporary zoological techniques.
  • A chance to get upfront and personal with a wide range of animals both locally and abroad.
  • Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).

Zoology explores biology through a wide and fascinating range of animals. It will develop your skills for many scientific and non-scientific careers.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of animals, as well as a broad general knowledge of modern biology in all its forms – from conservation management to palaeoanthropology to molecular biology.

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

You receive a thorough grounding in the evolution and biology of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, vertebrate physiology, cell and plant biology, basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.

Second year

You 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. The Research Methods module includes the development of a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides 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 going on a field course 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.

Recommended first year reading

  • Campbell, N.A., J.B. Reece & L.G. Mitchell (2005) Biology, 7th edition, New York: Addison-Wesley
  • Or: Purves, W.K., D. Sadava, G.H. Orians & H.C. Heller (2004) Life: The Science of Biology, 7th edition, Sunderland, USA: Sinauer


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.

Example modules

  • Animal Biology
  • Humans and other Primates
  • Conservation Ecology

Career options

Common careers within biology 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 many other 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 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Further information

Contact our Enquiries team »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Undergraduate open day

Saturday 11 July 2015

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