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Biological Sciences (Zoology)

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

About this program

Biological Sciences (Zoology)

Zoology is the study of all kinds of animals, including their anatomy, physiology, genetics, and their adaptations for survival and reproduction in different environments. This is vital knowledge if we are to maintain healthy natural environments, control pests and diseases, conserve biodiversity and preserve endangered species.

Our Biological Sciences (Zoology) degree is aimed at anyone interested in the broad field of animal biology. It is a truly interdisciplinary course that draws on the research strengths found throughout the School, and, as well as covering the evolution and diversity of the main animal groups, you will also have the opportunity to study modules in ecology, physiology and genetics. We have particular expertise in behaviour and brain function, and you will study both behaviour and neuroscience as part of this course.

The course content is closely linked to the research interests of our staff (many of whom are leaders in their field); this allows you to experience the excitement of learning in an active research environment,and helps to ensure that the topics you cover are highly topical, and of relevance and importance in today;s world.

Our Zoology degree also includes ample opportunities for practical field work, enabling you to develop valuable field research techniques. As well taking part in field research projects throughout your time at Cardiff, you can also choose from our specialised, project-based field courses in the UK and further afield.

As with all of the degrees in the School of Biosciences, our Zoology course offers the flexibility to tailor the course to your own interests and career aspirations. Your degree title also remains flexible up until your final year, so that you can either continue with BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology) to graduation, or switch to another of our bioscience degrees during your first two years of study.

Your final degree title will depend on your module selection, and your Personal Tutor will guide you through the options available to you. You may also have the option of switching to our four-year MBiol integrated master's degree, which forms an excellent basis for a future career in scientific research.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB. Must include Biology (or Human Biology) or Chemistry. You will need to pass the science practical element of the A-level if this is part of your programme of study.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

  • II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
  • III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Skills for Science
  • Structure and Function of Living Organisms
  • Organisms and Environment
  • The Dynamic Cell
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Genetics and Evolution

Year three

  • Biosciences Final Year Project
  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £23,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically from a variety of sources.
  2. Synthesise an argument or point of view, based on solid data and evidence that can be communicated clearly and concisely.
  3. Discuss issues from a number of perspectives and values and arrive at a considered critical judgement stating assumptions and limitations.
  4. Construct grammatically correct documents in an appropriate academic style and format, using and referencing relevant ideas.
  5. Discuss the importance of academic and research integrity

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Receive, and respond to, a variety of sources of information: textual, numerical, verbal, graphical.
  2. Interpret and manipulate numerical data.
  3. Solve problems by a variety of methods.
  4. Determine the validity and rigour of statistical outcomes.
  5. Utilise a variety of digital media that are of key relevance to the modern work environment.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Communicate scientific, and other, information appropriately to a variety of audiences, including the general public, using a range of formats and approaches and employing appropriate scientific language.
  2. Cite and reference work in an appropriate manner, ensuring academic integrity and the avoidance of plagiarism whether intentional or not.
  3. Use the internet and other electronic sources critically as a means of communication and a source of information.
  4. Identify individual and collective goals and responsibilities and perform in a manner appropriate to these roles, in particular those being developed through practical, laboratory and/or field studies.
  5. Recognise and respect the views and opinions of other team members, and work effectively within a group-based environment, both as a leader and a member of a team. .
  6. Use negotiating skills.
  7. Evaluate their own performance as an individual and a team member.
  8. Evaluate the performance of others.
  9. Discuss the interdisciplinary nature of science and of the validity of different points of view.
  10. Demonstrate the skills necessary for independent lifelong learning (for example working independently, time management, organisational, enterprise and knowledge transfer skills)
  11. Identify, and work towards, targets for personal, academic, professional and career development
  12. Demonstrate an adaptable, flexible and effective approach to study and work.
  13. Build on knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of intellectual property (IP) within a research environment.
  14. Demonstrate leadership and planning skills for setting, and meeting, achievable goals within the workplace.

Career paths

Careers and placements

Placements

Our Zoology degree also includes ample opportunities for practical field work, enabling you to develop field research techniques, such as bird-ringing, small mammal trapping, pitfall trapping, microbial analysis and surveying for bats.

Students on the second year Ecology and Conservation module can choose from several specialised, project-based courses that run in a variety of locations throughout the world. Our field courses typically include tropical ecology (Borneo, Malaysia), marine ecology (Caribbean and Malaysia), river ecology (Wales) and woodland ecology (Wales). Please note: availability of individual field courses can be affected by travel constraints or staff availability.

Residential field courses that take place outside of Cardiff incur additional costs, however, these are partially subsidised by the University.

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