What will I study?
In the first two years you will study general science and biology courses. In second year you will be introduced to the study of animal diversity and ecology. In addition, you will be able to choose from a wide range of other courses.
If you progress to Honours you will gain a broadly-based introduction to the principles and problems of whole animal biology, including in-depth treatment of particular aspects using various approaches from the molecular and cellular to the ecosystems level of investigation. The programme will develop your critical and analytical skills and provides foundation training in laboratory and fieldwork techniques. In the third year, more in-depth study of animal groups paves the way for more advanced work in physiology, reproductive biology, behaviour, ecology and evolution.
In fourth year you will select courses from a wide range of advanced biological topics and you will also undertake a research project under the supervision of a researcher.
How will I learn?
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and lab work.
- You may be eligible to take a one-year work placement as an integral part of this degree programme, registering for an MSci degree in Zoology. The placement year is normally spent doing research in industry or some other organisation in the UK or abroad.
- Field courses are conducted at the Scottish Centre for Ecology & the Natural Environment on Loch Lomond and at the Marine Biological Station at Millport in the Firth of Clyde.
- Research projects may be undertaken on a wide range of topics in a variety of locations: recent examples include seabird ecology on Foula, marine turtle breeding in Cyprus and tree frog behaviour in Trinidad.
- You may have the opportunity to take an optional overseas field course.