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Course summary

Zoology can be applied to the key challenges affecting our planet today, from the effects of global warming on animal life, to the ecological impact of populations and animals, and the survival of endangered species. On your four-year integrated Zoology masters you will explore all areas of animal life from cell biology to entire ecosystems, developing an understanding of fields including evolution, conservation, and behaviour. Upon graduation you will be prepared for a broad variety of careers including laboratory or field-based research, jobs in conservation and animal management. Our expertise stretches from evolution and behaviour to gene regulation, neuroscience and development in a variety of animals. Our unique link with world-renowned conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, located only a few miles from our campus in Southampton, provides an opportunity to develop specific interests and expertise in zoology. You have the opportunity to carry out your final-year research project in collaboration with Marwell or a number of other organisations in the UK or abroad. You will be taught by our expert lecturers and can also benefit from gaining extensive practical experience from a variety of field trips on offer in the UK, Spain and Belize.


Typical modules include: Year 1: Chemistry of life, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology, How to Think Like a Scientist, Origins of Biodiversity. Year 2: Animal Behaviour, Behaviour and Ecology Field Course (5 day field course on the Andalucian Coast, Spain) Environmental Pollution, Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy. Year 3: Biodiversity and Conservation, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Biomedical Parasitology, Applied Plant Biology. Year 4: Advanced Field Reseach Project, Biomedical Technology, Cancer Chromosome Biology, Cellular and Genetics Aspects of Animal Development. For full list of all modules available, please visit the course page.

Assessment method

The learning activities for this course include the following: lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework, individual and group projects and independent learning (studying on your own). We’ll assess you using: essays, oral presentations and written and practical exams.

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 must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4). We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5Band C: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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