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Bachelor's Degree in Zoology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Zoology

Zoology is key to tackling some of the major challenges facing our planet today. These include the effects of global warming on animal life and the ecological impact of expanding populations. On this course, you'll explore animal physiology and behaviour. You'll discover how they interact with their environments on a range of field trips, to places like Spain, Belize and the New Forest.

This 3-year zoology degree will let you explore all areas of animal life from cell biology to entire ecosystems. You'll get in-depth training in the biological processes behind animal development, growth and function.

Our tutors are leading experts in a wide range of fields in zoology, including:

  • evolution
  • behaviour
  • conservation
  • neuroscience
  • development

With this course you can:

  • use the £50 million facilities in our Institute for Life Sciences building
  • work with our active research staff on an independent research project
  • choose from a selection of modules that tailor your degree to your passions
  • spend a semester studying at a university in Europe or Australasia
  • develop vital skills that employers look for
  • We also have close links with nearby conservation charity and zoo, Marwell Wildlife. This can provide even more opportunities to enhance your learning.

Admission requirements


AAB including Biology and one further science subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at Higher Level, including 5 and 6 points at Higher Level in Biology and one further science subjectl


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject.

Other requirement

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Chemistry of Life Semester 1 only
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • How to think like a scientist
  • Origins of Biodiversity

Year 2

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Behaviour and ecology field course
  • Evolution
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science
  • Vertebrate Development

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Animal Conservation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Flow of Genetic Information
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Pure and Applied Population Ecology

Year 3

  • Bioethics Project
  • Bioscience Business
  • Bioscience Education
  • Current Topics in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Extended Science Communication
  • Field Research Project
  • In-Silico Research Project
  • Laboratory Research Project
  • Literature-based Research Project
  • Literature-based Research Project
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Science Communication
  • Short Field Research Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Name of Award: Zoology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

You'll also be ideally placed to continue your research with a master's or PhD.

Career paths

As a Southampton graduate, you’ll have a wide variety of job options. Some will directly use your scientific abilities, others will draw on the broader set of analytical skills gained throughout your course.

Our Zoology BSc graduates find careers in areas such as:

  • teacher training
  • veterinary medicine
  • animal and farm management
  • conservation and the environment
  • agriculture

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