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Zoology

  • Zoology

Why study at Roehampton

  • One of the few universities in London offering a Zoology degree.
  • A chance to get upfront and personal with animals across the taxonomic spectrum.
  • Optional field trip to South Africa.

Zoology explores biology through a wide and fascinating range of animal models. You 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 guises; from conservation management to palaeoanthropology to molecular biology.

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

Facilities

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. Your work will be underpinned by the support of a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.

Off campus

Roehampton is close 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

Graduates can use their evaluating and synthesising skills for many scientific and non-scientific careers. Common careers within biology include conservation management and consultancy, museum curating and researcher positions.

UCAS code

C300

Level

Undergraduate

BSc

Single honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »

Department

Life Sciences »

Duration

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

Tuition fees

£8,750 (2014; UK/EU) »

£11,500 (2014; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Further information

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

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