You will unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and how important they are to our planet’s ecosystems. This four year degree integrates a three-year Zoology degree with a final year of training in Masters-level scientific skills.
You will study the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecology of animals, along with how to care for and conserve them. You’ll gain an understanding of modern biology in all its forms from conservation management to paleoanthropology 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 oveseas.
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 behavior of vertebrates, and ‘Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course’ where you’ll learn directly from people living and working in conservation and related fields in South Africa, and study its wildlife first-hand. In the fourth year you will undertake modules in advanced analysis and hot topics in biology, working in small groups where you will be tutored by world experts both from Roehampton and other universities.
We also offer a standard 3-year BSc Zoology Degree.
In your first year, you'll 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.
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, which might can include 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 provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.
In your third 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, which could include animal cognition, aquatic biology, palaeoanthropology, and conservation. You also have the opportunity of going on a field course in South Africa.
In your final year, you will develop a higher-level of scientific thinking skills and practice. You'll explore the latest trends in Zoology and, further cement and develop your analytical research skills. You will undertake a large-scale research project as part of an active research laboratory, and immersing yourself in the scientific process. Your dissertation will culminate in the analysis and reporting of new data you have collected which adds to the world’s zoological knowledge.
Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:
Primate Behaviour and Cognition
Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (optional student funded module)
Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
Biological Data Analysis
The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Integrated BSc and Msc in Zoology
A level requirement including Biology or another Science subject.
GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C
4 years (full-time)
This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.