From world-class zoos to wildlife in Africa, you’ll explore and understand the lives of animals on this Cambridge-based course. Take part in cutting-edge research in our specialist labs, closely linked to Cambridge University, and study animal behaviour in marine and terrestrial systems in the field. Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, this course offers an optional placement year, giving you both the scientific training and practical skills for a career in zoos, wildlife conservation or environmental consultancy. If you’re interested in a career exploring and understanding the lives of animals, you’ll be in good company – alongside Charles Darwin, Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough. Zoology is closely connected to subjects such as cell biology and genetics. You could choose to specialise in areas such as animal behaviour, wildlife biology or ecology and conservation. Field work is an important part of zoology. It’s a practical subject and we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practise both in the lab and the field. In your second year you’ll take a week-long field trip to north Devon to experience both marine and terrestrial zoology, the costs of which are included in your course fees. On our optional field trips you might experience rutting red deer on the island of Rum; marine biology in Scotland; world-class zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology overseas. You’ll need to pay for these optional trips. Cambridge is becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, with Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre based here. You’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and visit specialist museums and libraries in the city. If you’re interested in captive animal behaviour, you can access the facilities at the College of West Anglia, Cambridge. Our three year degree is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology's degree-recognition scheme. You can choose to take an optional placement year as part of your degree.
Year one, core modules Animal Form and Function Introduction to Wildlife and Conservation Biomeasurement Introduction to Animal Behaviour Origins of Life Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity Introduction to Marine Biology Year two, core modules Biological Research Skills Field Skills in Biology Invertebrate Biology Vertebrate Biology Principles of Genetics and Evolution Year two, optional modules Marine and Terrestrial Communities Evolution of Behaviour Animal Health and Nutrition Biological Bases of Behaviour Parasitology Biological Oceanography Work placement Year three, core modules Wildlife Conservation Behavioural Ecology Undergraduate Major Project Year three, optional modules Advanced Approaches in Animal Management Zoos and Zoo Animal Management Biogeography Mammalogy Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour Countryside Management Population Ecology and Wildlife Management Practical Marine Biology Tropical Ecology and Management Coastal Marine Biology Animal Communication Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. Besides exams, these include essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom- or laboratory-based tests, and reviews of scientific papers.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.