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Zoology

Entry Year: 2020

3 study options

Zoology BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
C300
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC with at least a B in Biology
IB: HL 30 with at least a HL 5 in Biology
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
CCX2
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements
This course is not available in clearing
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

Zoology with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
C30Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC with at least a B in Biology
IB: HL 30 with at least a HL 5 in Biology
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,500
Funding information
Paying your fees
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Overview

Are you fascinated by the structure, physiology, distribution and behaviour of animals – from microscopic creatures to turtles and bats?

Our programme will give you an overview of modern zoological thinking, with a strong emphasis on the underlying concepts that shape our understanding of animal diversity.

You’ll receive a thorough grounding in vertebrate and invertebrate biology, plus modules in physiology, behaviour, evolution and neurobiology. Modules in molecular and population genetics, ecology, statistics and immunology are also available.

We place a strong emphasis on fieldwork, with compulsory and optional modules taking students to locations across the UK and internationally, including:

  • studying tropical ecology in Kruger Park, South Africa
  • studying predator-prey interactions in Somerset 

You’ll carry out an investigative or research project in your final year, working  alongside established researchers in the field.

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Structure

You can complete your Zoology degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 0

Foundation

One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

  • Mathematics A  or
  • Mathematics B

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Form and Function in Biology

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Molecules to Cells
  • Diversity and Ecology
  • A Closer Look at Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Cells
  • Ecology (includes field trip to Somerset)
  • Essential Skills for Biologists
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Practical Biology
  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Physiology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Research Methods and Communication
  • Diversity of Life
  • Ecological Interactions I

Choose four from (*Choose at least one of)

  • Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Metabolic Pathways
  • Genes and Bioinformatics*
  • Microbial Physiology and Growth*
  • Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
  • Comparative & Integrative Physiology
  • Ecological Interactions II (includes field trip to Croatia)*
  • Infectious Disease Biology
  • Ecosystem Science

 

 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Mammals and Evolution
  • Professional Skills and Development for Biologists

Choose one from

  • Biological Sciences Research Project
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences
  • Project: Engaging the Public with Science

Choose three from (*Choose at least one of)

  • Neuroscience: from Molecules to Behaviour
  • Climate Change and Conservation Challenges*
  • Savannah Ecology and Conservation (includes field trip to the African savannas)*
  • Infectious Disease Biology
  • Functional Genomics and Epigenetics
  • Population and Chromosome Genetics
  • Reproductive and Development Biology
  • Behavioural Ecology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Zoology BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

Additional Costs

Compulsory fieldwork will not cost you anything extra. For optional fieldwork, you will have to contribute up to £150, plus the cost of your flight (based on costs for 2017/18). Bursaries are available.

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Testimonial

Zoology is the perfect course for anyone with an interest in the science of the natural world. It’s a course with plenty of hands on action, which takes you to lots of incredible places and gives you the chance to experience what a life as a scientist is like.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles - lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload would be six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70 to 90 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Final-year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Many of our students progress into scientific roles such as clinical and laboratory work, postgraduate research or science communication. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance.

92 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Recent Zoology graduates have been hired by:

  • ZSL London Zoo
  • Kent Wildlife Trust
  • London Wildlife Trust
  • Forestry Commission
  • The Environment Partnership.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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Zoology - BSc (Hons)

Zoology with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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