Undergraduate

c300 - Zoology BSc

Zoology BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C300 (3 Years)

Course Overview

Zoology is the scientific study of all forms of animal life, including how they behave, reproduce, evolve, and interact with other species and their environment.

Close up of a puffin on a rock. Students take part in a range of fieldwork, including a bird and insect identification field course and a week-long project-based residential course.
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At a Glance

UCAS Code
C300

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points

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Opportunities

In the first year, all students study core biology modules, giving you a strong foundation in the subject.

In later Stages, you will study specialist zoology topics, such as:

  • animal behaviour and physiology
  • biodiversity and conservation
  • vertebrate biology
  • entomology

Through lab and field-based teaching you learn key laboratory skills required by professional zoologists.

You will enjoy a bird and insect identification field course, as well as a week-long project-based residential field course.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

The Biology Society offers a chance to meet people from the course with similar interests. They organise regular nights out, annual holidays (this year was a weekend in Berlin!), and volunteering opportunities.

Erin, Zoology BSc Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one of the following modules:

Other optional modules may also be available.

This first year is shared with Biology BSc Honours (C100)Ecology and Conservation (C182) and Cellular and Molecular Biology (C1C7), allowing for easy transfer to any of these before the second year should your interests change.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 20 credits from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one of the following modules:

You choose 40 credits from the following modules:

*You cannot take both BIO3036 and BIO3010. Other optional modules may also be available.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Zoology careers

The wide range of skills that you learn as a zoology student opens the door to a variety of career options. Recent graduates have progressed to:

  • commercial or medical laboratory based positions, in areas such as electrophoresis, microbiology and quality control
  • conservation work and animal care
  • advanced study, specialising in areas such as biomedical science, conservation, animal behaviour, and environmental consultancy

About a third of our graduates use their degree as a stepping stone to other diverse careers, such as financial roles, teaching, business and commercial positions.

Find out more about the career options for Biological Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

Apply

Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

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Application decisions and enquiries

Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.