University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Zoology

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Course summary

Not many degrees give you the chance to study animals in their natural habitat or get your hands on a lion’s skull at the University’s own Museum, but that’s just a tiny part of what we offer. Many universities offer a one-size-fits-all shared first year to all students from ecologists to biochemists, but at Reading you'll study animals from day one. You'll have the opportunity to build up field experience and select optional modules to follow your specific interests. We received an overall student satisfaction score of 96% for BSc Zoology in the National Student Survey, 2019. You'll study animal life at all levels, from the simplest forms through to birds and mammals. You'll learn about populations and ecosystems, animal behaviour, evolution, biodiversity and conservation. In your second year we run unique field courses to a variety of locations across Europe and beyond. In our Tropical Zoology field course, you can learn first-hand about the amazing wildlife in locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Borneo or Madagascar. The costs of these trips are not included, although all are subsidised. In the final year, you can complete a cutting-edge research project under expert supervision, either in the field or the lab – an opportunity that is no longer offered in many universities. We arrange projects on a wide range of animals including urban mammals such as hedgehogs and foxes, red kites, insects and pond or fresh-water animals. We also offer projects on animals in zoos. Our £60m Health and Life Sciences building will open in 2020. It will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space, including a café. The building will also house the Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection, featuring over 3,500 natural history specimens, provides a fantastic resource for biological scientists and the wider community. The Museum is used extensively in teaching in zoology, and provides you with unique opportunities to develop hands-on skills in taxonomy and natural history conservation. You can volunteer at the museum and receive training in natural history curation. Our degree offers placement opportunities, either as a one-year option or as a short summer module. You can undertake placements in the UK and around the world. Previously, students have completed placements in regions as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, the Azores and Iceland. You will receive advice and support to find your ideal placement. Recent placements have included assisting at nature reserves, the RSPCA Reptile Rescue, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Longleat Safari Park. You can also volunteer at the Cole Museum of Zoology and receive training in natural history curation. Careers Our Zoology graduates enter a wide variety of careers in the biological sciences, including jobs in conservation, animal welfare, education, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the civil service and other public bodies such as local government conservation units and animal charities. Overall, 90% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2016/17). This may require some form of postgraduate training (PGCE, MSc, PhD), and we run two very successful MSc courses: Wildlife Management and Conservation, and Species Identification and Survey Skills. As numerate scientists, our zoology graduates have many transferable skills that prepare them for any animal-based or biological career, or employment in a much wider range of sectors. Our graduates work in conservation, animal welfare, education, wildlife management, ecotourism, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the civil service and other public bodies such as local government conservation units and animal charities. All our graduates are eligible for membership of the Society of Biology and can apply for Chartered Biologist status.

Course details

Modules

Sample modules may include:

  • Mammals: diversity, behaviour and conservation
  • Animal diversity
  • Zoology field course
  • Vertebrate zoology: structure, form and function
  • Urban ecology
Check our website for more details of the course structure.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C300
Institution code:
R12
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBD including A level Biology and one other science at grade B.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

http://www.reading.ac.uk/ad-EnglishTests.aspx


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
84%
Student satisfaction
50%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £23700 Year 1
International £23700 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Zoology at University of Reading - UCAS