This programme equips you with the skills to pursue a career within zoological sciences, in roles such as countryside ranger, pest control professional, zoo keeper, or within the fish farming industry or research and teaching. It covers a range of topics including the zoological specialisms of animal behaviour, aquatic ecology, conservation, entomology and pest management. A key feature of this programme is the amount of field work undertaken. There are a number of day trips and a residential marine biology field trip in Year 3. A work-related learning module is also available in Year 3. Students have undertaken placements at organisations such as Blair Drummond Safari Park, Amazonia and Scottish SPCA. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Society of Biology. Many of our UWS graduates have jobs that require detailed zoological knowledge including countryside rangers, pest control professionals, zoo keepers and environmental impact assessors. They have also pursued careers in research and teaching. 97% STUDENT SATISFACTION NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY 2016
Course content This degree covers a range of topics including the zoological specialisms of animal behaviour, aquatic ecology, conservation, entomology and pest management. In addition to academic excellence, a key feature of this programme is the amount of field work undertaken (particularly in years 3 and 4). There are a number of day trips and also a residential marine biology field trip in the second trimester of Year 3. Year 1 Studies include basic biological sciences (cell, molecular, and organismal biology) and two further science subjects (chemistry, forensic science, mathematics or physics). Year 2 Specialisation in topics commences with modules including Biosphere & Man; Microbiology; Genetics; Vertebrate Physiology; Human Biology; and Practical Skills, a generic module which gives you a firm foundation in data collection, analysis and presentation. Year 3 You further specialise with core material in entomology, parasitology, animal diversity, conservation and animal behaviour. At this point you can opt to take work-related learning modules in a relevant area of interest. With an emphasis on practical outdoor biology, a one-week residential marine field programme is undertaken. Year 4 (Honours) You will undertake a research project and you are introduced to the specialised topics of pest management, aquatic ecology, behavioural ecology and environmental adaptation. Research projects can be carried out in collaboration with active researchers at the University and also with relevant local authorities, businesses and/or consultancies. This placement is extremely valuable for future employment
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Standard Qualification Requirements
Year 1 entry: SWAP (BBB) Access to Medicine; Access to Science; Access to Biological and Chemical Science; Access to Chemistry and Biology; Access to Health and Biological Science; Access to Dietetics; Access to Health and Life Sciences; Access to Radiography.
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