The study of zoology is an exploration of how animals have evolved, how they function, and the ways in which they interact with their environment. The subject integrates anatomy, physiology, behaviour, ecology, evolution and conservation to provide a comprehensive understanding of species structure and diversity.
Humans have created a rapidly-changing world to which animals have had to adapt. Understanding the amazing diversity of animals that share our planet helps us to understand our origins, as well as predict future evolution.
The BSc (Hons) Zoology degree at Lincoln is taught by research-active staff who take part in internationally-renowned research. The degree aims to provide a broad understanding of the subject, encompassing the study of key aspects of modern zoology in a diverse range of invertebrates and vertebrates. You have opportunities to study animals in their natural habitat at key points during your studies.
You will participate in two residential field trips in the UK, enabling you to study animals in the wild. These trips are part of two core modules: 'Ecology' in the first year and 'Conservation Biology' in the second year. For UK-based field trips, the University will cover the costs of transport, accommodation and meals at the field site.
There is also an overseas field trip available in your final year as part of the optional 'Overseas Field Course' module. Further details on the Overseas Field Course, including costs, can be found in the Features tab.
As you study, you will have the chance to develop skills in scientific methods and communication, which are invaluable in many workplaces. There is also an opportunity for students to gain valuable professional experience by undertaking a placement year, between the second and third year of their studies.
How You Study
In your first year studying Zoology, you will have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of biological concepts, including genetics, evolution, ecology, anatomy and physiology.
During the second year, more specialist modules cover vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, reproduction and development, and plant-animal interactions. You can choose from a selection of optional modules to align your studies with areas of particular interest to you.
There is an emphasis on independent research in your final year and you will be expected to undertake a substantial research project, as well as modules, which aim to develop your critical scientific skills.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBB, to include a minimum grade B in Biology. Practical elements must be passed.
- International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall to include Higher Level grade 5 in Biology.
- BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management/Applied Science*: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Biology
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- BTEC Diploma Applied Science is acceptable with other qualifications. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (email@example.com).
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
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