BSc in (Hons) Zoology

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Program Description

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The course will explore a wide range of zoology and animal science topics with an applied focus on broad themes around species ecology and biology, genetics, evolution and the latest global research. The course will prepare students for a wide range of careers throughout the zoological and animal industries.

The first year of the course provides an introduction to animal anatomy and physiology, behaviour, species ecology and evolution and biodiversity. The themes of species biology, wildlife legislation and policy, genetics and evolution and field research are further developed in the second year of the course. Students will also have the option to choose one module from animal population dynamics, global wildlife conservation, international zoo management or ecological survey techniques. In the final year of the course, students will complete a fieldwork module and a comprehensive research project alongside studying modules on zoological research and applied ecology.

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Course modules

Year 1

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Species Ecology
  • Evolution and Biodiversity

Year 2

  • Ecological Survey Techniques (Option)
  • Wildlife Legislation and policy
  • Field Research and Analysis
  • Species Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Animal Population Dynamics (Option)
  • Global Wildlife Conservation (Option)
  • International Zoo Management (Option)

Year 3

  • Research Project (Double module)
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Frontiers in Zoology
  • Applied Ecology
  • Field Work

Entry requirements

  •  GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 104 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

  • 3 A Levels (A2) at C or above
  • BTEC/C&G Level 3
  • 4 Scottish Highers at C or above
  • 4 Irish Highers at C or above
  • International Baccalaureate at 24 points

AS Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to a successful interview.

Learning and assessment

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops. Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an online learning environment and reference facility.

Students will complete a variety of assessments including examinations and tests, practical assessments, essays, presentations, reports and group work.

There is no formal professional accreditation for this course. All students are encouraged to pursue membership of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and British Society of Animal Science (BSAS).

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops. Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an online learning environment and reference facility.

Students will complete a variety of assessments including examinations and tests, practical assessments, essays, presentations, reports and group work.

There is no formal professional accreditation for this course. All students are encouraged to pursue membership of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and British Society of Animal Science (BSAS).

Progression

On successful completion of the course, students may apply for our MSc Animal Science programme here at University Centre Myerscough or other postgraduate study programmes such as MSc, M Phil, PhD or PGCE.

Careers

Graduates will be in a position to apply for posts in the animal and related industries with examples of possible careers including:

  • Zoologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Field trials officer
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Zookeeper
  • Research and development

Professional accreditation

There is no formal professional accreditation for this course. All students are encouraged to pursue membership of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and British Society of Animal Science (BSAS).

Special requirements

Laboratory coats are required for practical laboratory sessions. Waterproof clothing for field and outdoor visits. A black warehouse coat is essential for working on the Animal Centre and can be purchased from the online Myerscough Shop.

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course:

  • Black Warehouse Coat - £15
  • Laboratory Coat - £12
  • Waterproofs and boots £50

Costs that are optional for the course:

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

  • Field Study trip to Shamwari Game Reserve (S. Africa) £3,500
  • Binoculars £30
Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Myerscough is one of the UK’s largest land-based and sports colleges, offering degrees in more than 20 exciting subjects. We work in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire and are among ... Read More

Myerscough is one of the UK’s largest land-based and sports colleges, offering degrees in more than 20 exciting subjects. We work in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire and are amongst the top UK institutions in the sector for student satisfaction - helped by exceptional resources and a unique countryside location. Our QAA Higher Education Review puts us amongst the top institutions in the country for quality learning opportunities and good practice teaching. We are very proud that 97% of Myerscough degree students progress to further study or employment. Read less