University of Sheffield

Degree level: Undergraduate

Zoology

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Course summary

Our four-year course is designed to give you the best start for a career in industrial or academic research. The course is about animals, their evolution and their interactions with each other, the environment and biodiversity conservation. It spans microbes, invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals and humans. You’ll learn how they evolved, how their physiology works, how they behave and how they respond to global change. You’ll discover how their biodiversity is maintained and lost, and use this knowledge to help address important issues such as tropical wildlife conservation, disease outbreaks and maintaining functioning ecosystems. The first three years of your course will have the same structure as the BSc, with your fourth year devoted to a major research project in the field or in the lab, focused on everything from genetics to biodiversity and climate change, you’ll work alongside our world-leading zoologist academics. You'll cover three main themes at Sheffield:

  • their comparative physiology - the functional characteristics of animals
  • their evolutionary biology - how animals adapt to their environment
  • their behaviour, ecology and conservation - how animals interact with their environment and each other to support biodiversity on the planet.
Alongside your specialist zoology modules, you’ll have the freedom to study topics across the breadth of biology to complement your knowledge. Topics range from ecology and molecular genetics that underpins conservation research, to pharmacology, neuroscience and even human physiology. This flexibility allows you to study zoology in greater depth, broaden your interests or even switch to another biosciences degree programme. No matter what modules you choose to study, you’ll develop practical laboratory and transferable skills that make our graduates attractive to employers, including project management, problem solving, communication skills and data analysis. We’ll give you plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge too. You’ll be in the lab completing in-depth practicals, out in the Peak District conducting your own research projects, visiting zoos, aquariums and other scientific spots around the country and embarking on a field course in the UK or abroad. Whether you choose to focus solely on zoology, or study a range of topics across the biosciences, your personal tutor will support you to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals. If you want to study this course but don't meet the entry requirements our Biosciences with a Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of one of our bioscience degrees.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C309
Institution code:
S18
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

To find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer, visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/access-sheffield


Unistats information

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96%
Student satisfaction
50%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
75%
Go onto work and study

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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
International £25670 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider. For further information, please see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding/fees-costs

Sponsorship information

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

Zoology at University of Sheffield - UCAS