University of Cumbria

Zoology (with placement) University of Cumbria Degree level: Undergraduate


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If you want to become a zoologist, then what better places than surrounded by the unique and ecologically diverse habitats of the Lake District, the Pennines and the Solway Firth as your outdoor classroom?

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?

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.

Live, study and research surrounded by British endangered and protected species such as golden eagle, ospreys, red squirrel, natterjack toad and red deer. Plus, a range of ecosystems and habitats that no other university can offer

  • Study in stunning new laboratories with cutting-edge technology and methods used throughout the professional world

  • Train in wildlife monitoring techniques using industry-standard kit (which you can borrow to pursue your own interests)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tutors lead internationally-renowned research, which informs your teaching

  • Taught by academic tutors who are active zoologists and vets with close links to the industry

  • Conduct your own research in Africa and the UK (you can also get involved in our scientific studies!)

  • Field work opportunity to the Gambia to work with critically endangered species

  • Exciting placements studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards and dolphins

  • 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)

You’ll be located in the historic city of Carlisle, within easy reach of the Lake District National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Pennines, the internationally-renowned Solway Firth and mountains of Southern Scotland. So, you can explore and research around our unique location to your heart’s content.

Even the Carlisle campus gives you inspiration with the River Eden and its tributaries less than 500m away with breeding otters, kingfishers, osprey, salmon and lampreys. The site is so rich it is recognised as a Special Protected Area in European legislation and a SSSI in the UK.

If you aspire to be a zoologist, this course will enable you to do just that.

Course details


The first year covers molecular and cellular biology; evolution and biodiversity, animal form and function; bio-measurement; field skills and conservation practice. In the second year you learn professional-standard survey and research techniques which you put into practice during a fieldwork module, currently delivered in West Africa. You are also introduced to vertebrate and invertebrate biology; studies of animal behaviour; population and community ecology; biodiversity monitoring and a range of optional modules, including parasitology; Geographical Information Systems and genetics in a conservation context. In the third taught year you undertake a year-long research project in addition to this, you choose from a range of specialist modules from a selection which includes Topics in Wildlife Conservation; Population Ecology and Wildlife Management; Science Communication; GIS and Remote Sensing; Applied Field Studies; Wildlife Management and Conservation and Creating Sustainable Envs.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C301
Institution code C99
Campus name Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus code F

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points Must include A'level Biology at grade C or equivalent.
A level CCC - BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 30 credits
Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher BBCC - ABBB

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Cumbria
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0845 606 1144

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