University of the West of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate

Applied Bioscience and Zoology

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Course summary

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 details

Modules

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


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
CC93
Institution code:
U40
Campus name:
Lanarkshire Campus
Campus code:
I

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

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.

Minimum Qualification Requirements


Unistats information

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87%
Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £13325 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are charged per year of the programme
Applied Bioscience and Zoology at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS