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Course summary

Do you dream of an exciting and rewarding career in the zoo industry? Gain the industry relevant experience and professional skills you need at UCR. This one-year course is an opportunity for zoo biologists and animal scientists to further specialise and hone their skills gained from Level 5 study (or equivalent), which includes specialist applied modules focused on species housed within zoological collections. Our teaching staff have many years of experience working in the diversity of roles which zoos can offer, and they bring this passion and knowledge to the classroom. A core component of the course is the completion of an undergraduate dissertation, enabling you to research an area of zoological study that interests you and to develop a wide range of transferable skills. Our on-campus zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and 125 species including ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, raccoon dogs, otters, tapir, capybaras, owls, hawks, bearded dragons, kingsnakes, dart frogs and marine fish to name a few. Course Features

  • Volunteer staff opportunities at our on-site zoo
  • Exotic animal husbandry
  • Zoo nutrition
  • Conservation education
  • ZIMS (Zoological Information Management Systems) software
  • Opportunity to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities in Africa and Europe
Career Options
  • Zookeeper
  • Curator
  • Conservation biologist
  • Registrar
  • Conservation education or outreach officer
  • Animal consultancy
  • Scientific research
  • Progress to MSc or PhD study


• Dissertation† • Zoo Animal Enclosure Design • Behavioural Enrichment & Training • Conservation Education* • Anthrozoology* • Environmental Sustainability & Natural Resource Management* • Biology & Conservation of Mammals* • Biology & Conservation of Birds* • Biology & Conservation of Herpetofauna*

  • Denotes optional modules
† Dissertation is a double-weighted module, worth 40 credits. Therefore, only five modules are selected for study on this programme

Assessment method

A wide variety of assessment methods are used in this programme. These are designed to develop a range of industry relevant skills and knowledge. The dissertation is assessed through a written proposal and scientific article which represents the research carried out by the student. Other assessments include a species management plan for the Biology and Conservation modules, an enclosure design portfolio, a microteach for Conservation Education, reports and case studies, seminars and an assessed workshop for Behavioural Enrichment.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to gain 120 credits from a Level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education) in Zoo Management or a closely related discipline.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students may be offered the chance to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. These may include opportunities to study zoological collections in Europe, as well as undertaking conservation field courses in locations such as Africa and the UK. The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £500 – £1000 (UK & Europe), and between £2,200 – £2,800 (Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment. Students may also wish to purchase their own personal copies of recommended set-texts to assist them with their studies. A full list of recommended text’s is made available prior to enrolment. However, our campus library boasts sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, frequently in e-book format, and the purchasing of texts is therefore not enforced. **Equipment Costs** * Boiler suit: £20-£30 OR UCR Polo shirt (£12)/UCR Sweatshirt (£16) + work trousers (£15-£20) * Steel toe capped boots: from £30 * Lab coat: £13-£20 * USB drive: from £5 Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
Zoo Management (Top-Up) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS