University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Zoology (with Sandwich placement)

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Course summary

Our strong links with animal and wildlife organisations provide excellent work placement opportunities, which means you could be studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards to dolphins. With plenty of opportunities for volunteering alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, your CV will gain the competitive edge it needs to stay ahead. Course Overview You’ll gain an understanding of wildlife monitoring techniques using professional kit, and cover a broad range of topics including evolution, ecology and conservation, with visits to a variety of habitats. There will be plenty of opportunity for voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, boosting your CV and giving you hands-on experience across a range of species including butterflies, adders and birds. Our practical focused course will equip you with not only the knowledge, but the real skills and confidence to be a great zoologist. On this course you will...

  • Explore local nature reserves, rivers and woodland just a stones throw from the university. Develop practical skills with first-hand experience.
  • Access to state of the art labs on campus, a great place to collaborate with coursemates, learn about animals and work with top-quality equipment.
  • Benefit from industry links that provide students with placement opportunities across Cumbria.
  • Benefit from practical demonstrations, visits, and feedback from professionals.
  • Have a place within the zoology society that meets weekly to assist in local conservation initiatives and discuss current concerns regarding zoology.
What You Will Learn Zoology covers all aspects of animal biology and, as such, covers a fascinating range of often highly diverse topics. The modern zoologist needs to be the master of many disciplines. Our degree course has been designed by professional zoologists with a real understanding of what the world needs from zoologists and what zoologists need to pursue a professional career. It mirrors closely the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Biosciences. In addition to the formal background knowledge all zoologists require, our degree allows you to explore more specialist areas. To encompass the main patterns of employment, you are given the flexibility to focus on a “whole animal” or a “bits of animals” approach. The latter provides the skills required to pursue laboratory and experimental pathways such as disease research, DNA technologies and wildlife forensics. The “whole animal” pathway trains you to become proficient in the identification and study of wild animals, especially British. From your first week, you will be exposed to animals in the wild. Practical learning will be enhanced by the local environment and students are encouraged to explore suggested sites outside of class. You will collaborate will local experts to develop general skills through the exploration of key sites and a wide range of talks. We highly recommend joining the Carlisle Natural History Society. Fieldwork will be supplemented by lab/classroom sessions aimed to give you industry-standard identification skills. Combined with the knowledge of how animals work and how to study/monitor them, you will get two opportunities to combine them in your own research efforts. The Applied Field Studies module includes an option for you to travel to a radically different environment, typically West Africa. Here, you will spend a few days becoming familiar with the local wildlife and get a chance to study a species of your choice in more detail. Previous students have studied endangered monkeys, reptiles, sharks, genets, and tropical forest birds. The experience gained on this module will prepare you for your final year dissertation, which could focus on any of the wide range of species occurring close to the university or you could spend the summer collecting data on a species elsewhere.

Course details


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.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

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Zoology (with Sandwich placement) at University of Cumbria - UCAS