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Zoology degrees in the UK

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

Swansea University United Kingdom

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Zoology UG:Diploma

International Career Institute United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

University of Derby United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

Hartpury University United Kingdom

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Zoology with Placement Year BSc

University of Sheffield United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

University of Chester United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

University of Hull United Kingdom

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Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons)

Bangor University United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc

University of Leeds United Kingdom

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Zoology (Study Abroad) BSc (Hons)

Lancaster University United Kingdom

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Zoology with Professional Studies BSc

Queen's University Belfast United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) United Kingdom

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Biological Sciences (Zoology) BSc (Hons)

University of Leicester United Kingdom

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Zoology with a Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

University of Salford United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

University of Plymouth United Kingdom

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Zoology BSc (Hons)

University of Reading United Kingdom

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All Bachelors Degrees in Zoology

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Study a Zoology degree in the UK in 2024

Zoology is the scientific study of animals. The discipline studies both living and extinct animals, looking at their biological make-up, habits, and habitats, among other things. Studying a zoology degree will allow you to explore the development of animals, discovering the work of evolution, and how this will continue to affect animal species.

An undergraduate degree in zoology will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You will develop your understanding of the anatomy and physiology of different species, genetics, behaviour, classification, animal behaviour, as well as the general biology and chemistry of all species.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and laboratory sessions. Your course may also incorporate field trips.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Animal Life
  • Biodiversity
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Taxonomy

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation, or submit a major research project in your final year, this will give you an opportunity to further research a favoured area of zoology.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on your choice of institution. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), an integrated Master of Biology (MBiol), or an integrated Master of Zoology (MZool).

Depending on your choice of career path post-graduation, you may be presented with opportunities to gain further academic and professional certifications and qualifications.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in zoology will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen field, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a masters or PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

The entry requirements for a zoology degree will depend on where you choose to study. Some universities might require you to sit an entrance exam, where others may rely on previous exam results. Some universities might prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others may consider previous relevant work experience.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their zoology programmes.

  • UK - 6.0 IELTS
  • US - 2.5 GPA

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

Zoology graduates will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. As our understanding of the world around us increases, the need for people with advanced knowledge of animal species is higher. If you choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, this might include jobs such as an ecologist, a marine scientist, a zookeeper, or a nature conservation officer. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to your degree, this could include jobs such as a veterinary nurse, a biomedical scientist, or an animal physiotherapist.

You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills throughout your degree. These skills will include project management, data analysis, good oral and written communication, and use of geographical information systems (GIS).

Undergraduate programmes in Zoology are widely available at universities globally as:

  • Foundation degree (FdSc), which typically take 1-2 years when studied full-time
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), which typically take 3-4 years when studied full-time

Entry requirements for undergraduate degrees in zoology often include academic achievements in related subjects such as biology or environmental science. Additionally, proficiency in English may be necessary, as demonstrated by IELTS, TOEFL, or other accepted language tests.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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