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Zoology

BSc (Single Honours)

Start date:

September 2024

You'll need:

2024/25 entry: Call 0300 303 8320 to find out if you are eligible for this programme in Clearing

UCAS code:

C300

C301 (if choosing Foundation Year)

Zoology students on a trip to South Africa in 2024 Picture taken by 2nd year student Dogancan Bulut

Studying Zoology is integral to addressing global challenges. Get the specialist, practical skills in developing solutions for a sustainable and harmonious coexistence between humans and the natural world.

Did you know?

Get equipped with the knowledge and skills to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our planet today. 

We offer learning beyond the classroom, including fieldtrips to Wales and South Africa. Read about one students experience here

Ranked 1st in London for Teaching, Learning Opportunities and Resources

National Student Survey 2024 for Zoology

Silver in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

For delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Best modern university in the UK for Zoology

(Guardian University Guide 2024)

Foundation Year

This course can also be studied with a foundation year (September entry only).

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This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University's Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

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Skills

Make a difference to the real world with a degree in zoology.

This course mixes hands-on learning and practical experience, and gives you the knowledge and skills to carve out a sustainable career in a wide range of fields including policy development and conservation.

You’ll gain a strong foundation in the science behind animal behaviour, ecology, and evolution.

During your time with us, you’ll explore:

  • How to solve real-world problems related to conservation and sustainability through developing scientific and critical thinking skills.
  • Hands on experience through fieldwork, laboratory research and data analysis to develop practical skills for a career.
  • Ethical awareness, professional values and teamwork skills necessary for success in the workplace.

You’ll work on core subjects within Zoology and will have the opportunity to share your degree around your interested and ambitions.

Along with practical laboratory skills (analytical and qualitative), you’ll develop the attributes you need to succeed in the workplace, including:

  • Written and spoken communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Scientific and critical thinking skills
  • Professional values, ethical awareness and teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Digital literacy

Your employability is our priority from day one. An optional paid work placement gives you the opportunity to gain professional experience between Years 2 and 3.

Learning

Experience a dynamic, contemporary curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities. 

Working in both small groups and individually, you’ll enjoy a mix of lectures and practicals as you work through progressive modules, including:

  • Diversity of Life: Learn about the tree of life (evolution, anatomy, morphology, and physiology of major taxonomic groups)
  • Introduction to Evolution: Delve into the history of the idea, the development, and principles of evolutionary theory
  • Core Skills in Zoology: Succeed in your degree by developing effective study practices along with personal and professional development
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You’ll work in exceptional learning facilities, including:

  • Laboratories equipped for DNA analysis, electrophysiology, microscopy, and more
  • High-spec computer suites, supported by a team of expert laboratory and IT technicians.

You’ll learn core laboratory skills such as titration, pipetting, and how to design and carry out laboratory experiments such as addressing climate change or identifying biological or physiological traits of animals.

Your learning will go beyond the classroom. You'll participate in field trips where you will perform habitat surveys and mapping at the nearby Richmond Park & Wimbledon Common and travel to Wales to explore various UK habitats, including river ecosystems, salt marshes, and rocky shores. This week-long trip will provide you with the ideal experience for careers in habitat or conservation management, as you acquire field-based skills in ecology, animal behaviour, and animal physiology.

You will also visit local museums (e.g. the Natural History Museum and Grant museum of Zoology), Zoos (e.g. Chessington) and other local attractions (e.g. Kew Gardens and Wildfowl & Wetland Trust) to further your knowledge of animals and their interaction with humans and the environment.

An optional and student-funded module, Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course*, involves a two-week adventure to South Africa. You’ll learn directly from people living and working in conservation and related fields, and study South Africa’s wildlife including elephants, lions and rhinos. It’s a unique opportunity to get first-hand insight into the reality of conservation in Africa and gain valuable experience of another culture and country. Read about a students experience here

*South African field trip is not included in tuition fee.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by a dedicated and passionate team of lecturers and sector professionals. Our learning is appropriately underpinned by research, scholarship and professional practice which reflects the entire scope of content in Zoology today from molecular techniques to societal challenges.

Assessment

Push yourself further with real-world assignments.

Throughout the course, you’ll experience a wide range of assessments that enhance your understanding and practical skills, while giving you a taste of industry practices. These include:

  •  Online tests
  •  Written examinations
  •  Laboratory reports
  •  Presentations
  •  Essays
  •  Practical summaries
  •  Portfolio submissions
  •  Case studies
  •  Research and data collection projects.

You’ll leave Roehampton with an in-depth understanding of both the theory and the hands-on applications of Zoology, ready to take the next step.

Careers

If you're ready to learn, we’ll help you gain the confidence and opportunities to achieve.

Our graduates go on to work in different specialisms within zoology, such as:

  • Veterinary science
  • Conservation (e.g., ecological consultancy)
  • Animal research
  • Roles influencing policy e.g. sustainability officers
  • Museum curator

With our BSc Zoology degree, you can also continue to postgraduate study – or taking courses that prepare you for patient-facing healthcare professions.

 

 

‚ÄčOur careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Open days

Get a real taste of our campus, community and what it’s like to study at Roehampton

Full-time UK undergraduate students apply through UCAS.

Entry tariff

2024/25 entry: Call 0300 303 8320 to find out if you are eligible for this programme in Clearing

Specific entry requirements

A-level / BTEC (or equivalent qualification) including Biology or another Science subject.

GCSE (or equivalent) requirement: Maths, Grade C / 4.

Contact us for further information.

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year one fees

To be confirmed.

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for UK students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

International undergraduate students apply through our direct application system.

Entry tariff

2024/25 entry: Call 0300 303 8320 to find out if you are eligible for this programme in Clearing

Specific entry requirements

A-level / BTEC (or equivalent qualification) including Biology or another Science subject.

GCSE (or equivalent) requirement: Maths, Grade C / 4.

Contact us for further information.

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year one fees

EU and International: £15,750
Placement year: £998

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for international students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

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