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Course summary

Zoology is the study of animal life at all levels, from the microscopic to the complex systems and interactions within large ecosystems. Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, our BSc Zoology degree offers a combination of traditional and 21st century zoological science. unlike many other Zoology degrees that start with a general core biology year, we teach zoology from your first week at the University of Reading. We offer our students authentic assessments throughout the programme and opportunities to attend hands-on field courses, take work placements and go on field trips. Choose BSc Zoology with Professional Experience at the University of Reading We offer field courses at home and abroad and teach optional topics including diving, palaeontological research, wildlife rescue and animal holding licences. Teaching laboratories, amazing research facilities. Home to the Cole Museum of Zoology. With the opportunity to volunteer and develop skills for a career in collection-based areas, as well as hands-on access to the collection of animal specimens. We also hold a large teaching collection of animal specimens which are used in practical classes. Our award winning beautiful biodiverse campus with more than 2,000 species spread over meadows, lakes and woodland allows us to teach ecology, terrestrial and freshwater zoology on site. Course structure See our website for full module listings. You will begin by studying animal diversity, animal form and function, ecology and evolution and look at how our changing planet is impacting animal populations, leading to conservation subjects. In your second year you will go on to study both vertebrate and invertebrate anatomy and physiology, with choices to investigate ecological interactions, animal behaviour and conservation science. Alongside a choice of optional modules, the capstone research project in your final year gives you the opportunity to explore your areas of interest and develop your analytical writing and practical skills. You can turn your degree into a four-year training by adding a placement year, turning your zoological skills into practical experience. Professional Experience This degree includes an integrated year-long work placement, between your second and final year. Placements are available across the UK and around the world – past students have travelled to regions as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, the Azores, and Iceland. Recent placements have included:

  • Bristol Zoo
  • Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Quantock Ecology
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
  • Environment Agency.
You’ll receive advice and support to find your ideal placement. For more information, visit our Zoology placement webpages. Employability Overall, 94.7% of graduates of BSc Zoology and BSc Zoology with Professional Experience are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (based on our analysis of HESA data HESA 2023, Graduate Outcomes Survey). Our excellent employment figures reflect both the subject-specific and transferable skills you will develop which includes data analysis, writing, presentation skills and many animal related practical skills. We also have strong links with many institutions, including the Natural History Museum, who will be moving zoology collections to Reading, The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Dstl, RSPCA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Environmental Agency, and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Our Sustainability Pledge The University is a leader in sustainability and environmental awareness, and we are proud to be ranked 1st in the People & Planet University League. You will have the opportunity to be a part of our amazing environmental story and undertake research on our campus, woodlands, and nature reserves.


The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. Core modules for this course: Cell and Molecular Biology, Animal Form and Function, and Our Changing Planet, Fundamentals of Evolution, Fundamentals of Ecology, History of Life of Earth, Comparative Vertebrate Zoology, Quantitative/Professional Skills, Invertebrate Zoology: Spineless Wonders, Placement year, Research Project. The University cannot guarantee that all optional modules will be available to all students who may wish to take them. Further information about the content of the final approved modules will be available between May and July 2023. We suggest that you regularly revisit this webpage during this time to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the modules offered on this programme.

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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.

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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 £27650 Year 1
International £27650 Year 1

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