Live, study and research surrounded by British endangered and protected species such as golden eagles, ospreys, red squirrel, Natterjack toad and red deer. Plus, a range of ecosystems and habitats that no other university can offer. Our course - designed by professional zoologists in consultation with wildlife trusts, consultants and Government bodies will boost your hands-on skills and teach you everything you need to become a professional in the field. This course offers a four-year 'sandwich-route mode' of study, which will allow you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year. You'll get the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus. Why Choose University of Cumbria? If you want to become a zoologist, then what better place than surrounded by the unique and ecologically diverse habitats of the Lake District, the Pennines and the Solway Firth as your outdoor classroom? You'll get an excellent understanding of British wildlife and the pressures it faces, because we are one of the few courses where you can become an expert in its identification, a skill which is in great demand with potential employers.
- Train in wildlife monitoring techniques with the kit used by professionals (which you can borrow to pursue your own interests)
- Study in stunning new laboratories with cutting-edge technology and methods used throughout the professional world
- Learn from academic tutors who are active zoologists and vets with close links to the industry, and internationally-renowned researchers
- Our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects
- Take part in exciting placements, studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards and dolphins
- The opportunity to do voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to boost your CV and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of species e.g. adders, dragonflies, butterflies and birds
- Conduct your own research in Africa and the UK (you can also get involved in academic tutors' scientific studies!)
- Field work opportunity to the Gambia to work with critically endangered species
- Practical-focused course so most of the time you’ll be doing zoology hands-on (for example only 10% of the assessment in 1st year is by written exam)
Year one - Compulsory Modules: Vertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology for Zoologists, Animal Form and Function, Animal Conservation Practice, Core Zoology. Year two - Compulsory Modules: Exploring Research, Zoological Monitoring Techniques, Animal Behaviour, Evolution and Biogeography, British Wildlife, Applied Zoology, Placement Qualificatory Unit. Year three - Compulsory Modules: Dissertation, Professional Skills in Zoology, Behavioural Ecology. Optional Modules (Subject to availability and demand): Entomology and Parasitology, Behavioural Applications for Conservation, Population and Community Ecology. Year four - With Placement: Qualificatory Practice Unit: Academic/Vocational Placement.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|