- Get up close and personal with animals across the taxonomic spectrum, from microbes to man and beyond.
- Gain first-hand experience out in the field, at home and abroad, studying carnivorous plants, slippery eels and South African ‘big game’ animals.
- Build your zoological knowledge and learn the latest laboratory techniques from well-respected experts.
- 94% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2018 results).
You will unlock the secrets of the animal kingdom, learn how animals survive in the wild, and understand how important they are to the world’s ecosystems.
The Zoology extended degree programme includes a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Zoology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The Foundation year is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with subject specific knowledge as a basis for success in your following three years.
Our BSc Zoology degree explores the biology of a wide range of fascinating animals, from the smallest organisms to birds and primates.
The course covers the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of animals, along with how to care for and conserve them. You will gain an expert understanding of modern zoology in all its forms, from conservation management to paleoanthroplogy to molecular biology.
With a strong emphasis on practical work, you will have plenty of opportunities to work in the field, both locally and overseas, to gain valuable skills for your career.
The degree is taught by leading biologists, biomedical scientists and anthropologists who have links to the Wetlands Centre in Barnes, international wildlife trusts and citizen science projects such as the Riverfly Partnership.
Our zoology tutors from the Department of Life Sciences are dedicated to understanding and improving the living world through ground-breaking advances in scientific research. They have discovered new chameleon species in Tanzania, reintroduced Iguanas back into the wild, and studied parkour athletes as a way to find out how apes travel effectively through tree-tops.
How you will learn
You will be based at Whitelands College, with beautiful views overlooking nearby deer-filled Richmond Park, where you will conduct field study, and learn about animal behaviour and river restoration.
You will 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.
You will survey the environment, take measurements, collect samples, perform biochemical analysis in practical laboratory work, and interpret your data by creating reports and giving presentations on the results of your findings.
You will undertake a conservation biology practical on London's Wimbledon Common. You can also choose to go to Wales to explore various UK habitats, including river ecosystems, sand dunes, woodlands and rocky shores. This week-long trip will provide you with the perfect experience for work in either habitat or conversation management as you gain field-based skills in ecology, animal behaviour and animal physiology.
An optional and student-funded module, Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course, involves a two-week adventure to South Africa. You will 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.
- You will complete core modules in English and Mathematics, as well as an extended project which will develop your skills in carrying out research, using scholarly sources, drawing comparisons between your own research and that of others and documenting your findings.
- You will study two modules in Life Sciences which will give you the opportunity to explore methods of scientific thinking and reasoning in an enquiry-based way.
- You will be introduced to key concepts in human physiology that are common cornerstones of the different degree programmes.
- There is also a Disciplinary Investigation module where you will demonstrate the ability to utilise the academic and subject-specific toolkit acquired through previous modules to manage your own learning, and in partnership with your tutors, negotiate, plan and carry out an investigation into the chosen topic.
- Explore the diversity of life on our 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 your data.
- Attend lectures, practical lab activities, interactive exercises and field trips.
- Carry out further studies in key aspects of animal biology, building on what you learnt in year one.
- Choose to take specialist modules on ecology, molecular biology and ethology, and 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.
- Use state-of-the-art equipment including microscopes, imaging software, flow-through cytometers for counting bacteria and DNA sequencing tools.
- Undertake an independent research project and collect original data.
- Take advanced modules of your choice focusing on key aspects of zoology such as animal cognition, aquatic biology, palaeoanthropology and conservation.
- An optional self-funded module based in South Africa will provide you with an opportunity to observe wildlife and learn from the conservation experts based in the field.
Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:
Particular Circumstances: The following module is only available to students in particular circumstances and with prior agreement of the Programme Convener:
Field Work Methods in Ecology
Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
Data Analysis for Zoologists and Bioscientists
Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (optional student funded module)
Human Osteology and Diversity
Primate Behaviour and Cognition
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Careers within Zoology include conservation management and consultancy, museum curating and researcher positions. Graduates develop transferable high-level skills in team work, organising and communicating complex information, and analysis and evaluation, making them suitable for a great range of careers inside and outside of Biology.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They 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.
Specialist facilities available for this course
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.