Our three-year BSc is about animals, their evolution and their interactions with each other, the environment and biodiversity conservation. It spans microbes, invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals and humans. You'll learn how they evolved, how their physiology works, how they behave, and how they respond to global change.
You'll discover how biodiversity is maintained and lost, and use this knowledge to help address important issues such as tropical wildlife conservation, disease outbreaks and maintaining functioning ecosystems.
You'll cover three main themes at Sheffield:
- their comparative physiology - the functional characteristics of animals
- their evolutionary biology - how animals adapt to their environment
- their behaviour, ecology and conservation - how animals interact with their environment and each other to support biodiversity on the planet
Alongside your specialist zoology modules, from your first year you'll have the freedom to study topics across the breadth of biology to complement your knowledge. Topics range from ecology and molecular genetics that underpin conservation, to pharmacology, neuroscience and even human physiology. This flexibility allows you to study zoology in greater depth, broaden your interests or even switch to another biosciences degree programme.
No matter what modules you choose to study, you'll develop practical laboratory and transferable skills that make our graduates attractive to employers, including project management, problem solving, communication skills and data analysis.
We'll give you plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge. You'll be in the lab completing in-depth practicals, out in the Peak District conducting your own research projects, visiting zoos, aquariums and other scientific spots around the country and embarking on a field course in the UK or abroad.
Whether you choose to focus solely on zoology, or study a range of topics across the biosciences, your personal tutor will support you to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals.
If you want to study this course but don't meet the entry requirements our Biosciences (with Foundation Year) could be for you. After successfully completing the one year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of one of our bioscience degrees.