Zoology is the scientific study of animals, including how they behave, reproduce, evolve, and interact with other species and their environment. By understanding how animals work, we can pick up important clues about how our own bodies function. You will study specialist topics such as:
Through lab-based teaching and fieldtrips, we equip you with key laboratory and field techniques required by professional biologists. You also develop a wide range of transferable skills that are valued by a wide range of employers.
The first-year of this degree is shared with Biology (C100), Cellular and Molecular Biology (C1C7) and Ecology and Environmental Biology (C180), allowing for easy transfer to another degree should you find your interests change.
Zoology at Newcastle is highly regarded, ranking in the top 10 nationally for overall student satisfaction with a 90% satisfaction score in the 2012 National Student Survey.
Biological Sciences at Newcastle also ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Research-informed teaching plays an important role at Newcastle. Particularly in your third year, teaching is strongly informed by the School of Biology's research, meaning you are supervised and taught by experts at the forefront of developments in their field.
During the final year you have the chance to conduct your own research through one of our project modules. Your individual project can be:
On average, you will spend around a third of your time in contact with teaching staff for lectures, laboratory and field practical classes, computer sessions and in tutorial activities tied closely to key skills development. You may well find yourself spending as much time in the laboratory as the lecture theatre, or be off campus for half-day field trips.
Assessment is by examination and in-course assessment such as essays, presentations and laboratory reports. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
The first year is shared allowing for easy transfer before the second year should your interests change. You can transfer to:
This shared first year provides you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of biology, through topics such as the diversity of form and function in animals, plants and micro-organisms.
You also study modules in ecology, evolution, biochemistry, cell biology and genetics, and select a topic in agriculture, marine biology or psychology.
All of our Biology and Zoology degrees are designed to ensure that you gain practical experience. You have the opportunity to take part in a number of field courses including:
We also offer a vocational placement module, which enables you to enhance your CV by gaining academic credit for work in biology off campus.
UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange.
You will benefit from access to purpose-built teaching laboratories as well as unique facilities on campus and in the surrounding area to support your practical learning. These include:
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School of Biology's website.
The School of Biology at Newcastle is a friendly and vibrant place to study. We are based in the Ridley Building, on the University's city centre campus.
Small group teaching and student mentors are designed to help you settle into University life.
Our student-led society, BioSoc, provides plenty of opportunities for you to get to know people on your course, through social events and trips.
The standard of lecturing and support available to me has been outstanding and I can't wait for next year.
I am doing a research project for my dissertation, I have enjoyed the freedom of being able to design and carry out the investigation on my own. I also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment having nearly completed it.