University of Hull

Degree level: Undergraduate

Zoology (with foundation year)

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Course summary

Zoology is all about animals, whether you just want to understand them better or work to protect the amazing biodiversity of this planet. This course focuses on a blend of laboratory and field-based practical teaching, as we recognise the need to work across disciplinary boundaries to solve global issues. You’ll control the emphasis of your studies with opportunities to focus on species that interest you across a range of contexts including conservation, ecology, behaviour, evolution, environmental management, physiology, cell biology and genetics – allowing you to build a course to suit your passions and ambitions. Our research has global impact on the planet and the people on it, which makes for a wide choice of final-year projects, with particular specialisms in the evolution of behaviour and the monitoring, management, and conservation of wildlife. Learning in the field is an integral part of the course and there are lots of opportunities for residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Recent overseas trips have included Mallorca, Malaysia and Brazil. Excellent teaching is highly valued here. Our academics include three winners of the Royal Society of Biology’s Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award. You’ll learn in a friendly, supportive learning environment, where our lecturers love what they do. You’ll be allocated an academic tutor who’ll support your progress towards your aspirations. Our degrees are built around skills requested by bioscience employers, including genomic technologies, field survey techniques, GIS, and science communication skills. You can also learn to dive as part of your degree. Choose our Dive Training module and become a PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Diver (extra fee may be payable). The foundation year is ideal to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements. Official Team GB partners Did you know that the University of Hull is the official University Partner of Team GB? Our united belief is that anyone, with the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, can achieve extraordinary things. This is what our partnership with Team GB is built on. Extraordinary is in you – and we’ll help you find it. What does this mean for you? It means that whether you’re studying sports science, or marketing, or logistics, or healthcare, or engineering, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience through this unique partnership. We are working with Team GB to create opportunities for volunteering and work experience, to get involved with meet-and-greet sessions with Olympians, host on-campus talks from guest speakers and so much more. Some of our students recently helped Team GB athletes get their kit ready to compete in preparation for the Minsk 2019 European Games. It’s an extraordinary partnership, and you won’t find it anywhere else. Find out more at

Course details


Foundation Year Core modules Preparing for Learning in Higher Education Group Challenge (Sciences) Introduction to Data Analysis Compulsory modules Introduction to Biological Sciences 1 Introduction to Biological Sciences 2 Optional modules Foundation Maths Skills Foundation Maths 1 Foundation Mathematics A Year 1 Compulsory modules Diversity of Life Evolution Marine Biology: An Introduction Cells and Organelles Ecology (with optional Dive Training) Optional Principles of Genetics Introduction to Environmental Science Year 2 Compulsory modules Professional and Research Skills for Biologists Animal Form and Function Optional modules Evolutionary Biology Fish Ecology Behavioural Ecology Conservation Biology Aquatic Zoology Geographical Information Systems Genetic Analysis Intertidal Systems Year 3 Choose one Independent Research Project Structured Research Project Biology in Education Optional modules Sensory Physiology of Animals Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation Field Studies (Biology) Insect Biology Wildlife Ecology and Management Sex and Social Behaviour Extinction Practical Conservation Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a combination of written, practical and coursework assessments throughout your degree. Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests. Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work. Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree. We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application. For applicants with Level 3 qualifications, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University please visit
Institution's Own Test60% overall (with minimum 55% in each skill)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17550 Year 1

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Zoology (with foundation year) at University of Hull - UCAS