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C300 - Zoology


BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: C300
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

Our three-year Zoology degree will provide you with in-depth training and a thorough understanding of all aspects of animal life.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB-ABB
  • IB: 32-34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This Zoology BSc Honours degree focuses on developing your scientific knowledge and provides a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of zoology. This ensures you graduate prepared for a role in this varied field.

With a combination of both laboratory and field-based teaching, you'll learn and perfect the skills required to succeed in zoology.

Our zoology degree shares its first-year programme with biology and ensures you gain a thorough understanding across a range of topics in zoology and biology. You'll select from modules such as: ecology and conservation, genetics and evolution, diversity of life: form and function.

BSc or MBiol?

Our degrees are offered at two levels:

  • three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • four-year Master of Biology (MBiol)

Our MBiol degrees involve an additional year of advanced study at master’s level, during which you will gain significant research experience to increase your employability.


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Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

The first year of this degree is shared with other biology degrees in the School. You can transfer to one of our other Biology degrees before the second year should your interests change (subject to achieving the appropriate grades).


Compulsory Modules Credits
Genetics and Evolution 20
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20
Ecology and Conservation 20
Cells and Biomolecules 20
Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences 20
Optional Modules Credits
Crop Pests 10
Principles of animal physiology and health 20
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10
The Marine Environment 20
Marine Microbiology and Primary Producers 20

Your study of animals becomes specialised, with topics such as: animal function (physiology and development); animal behaviour and vertebrate biology. Optional modules are also available in more specialised topics

In Year 2, you take a field course on the identification of insects and birds.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Field Identification Skills 10
Animal Behaviour 10
Experimental Design and Statistics 10
Vertebrate Biology 20
Residential Field Course 10
Animal Function (Physiology and Development) 20
Optional Modules Credits
Animal Parasitology 10
Sustainable Solutions 10
Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation 20
Molecular Evolution and Systematics 20
Insect and arthropod biology 20
Marine Vertebrate Biology and Ecology 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20
Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues 10

You study advanced specialist topics, many of which are linked to our research expertise. To enhance your skills you will have the opportunity to select a module that focuses on the development of ideas for business.

You will further develop your fieldwork skills through field courses.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Current Zoology 10
Physiological Zoology 20
Dissertation 40
Optional Modules Credits
Zoo Animal Science and Management 10
Precision technologies and global challenges in managed animal behaviour and welfare 20
Mammal Surveying Skills 10
Biodiversity Science and Management 20
Current Research in Ecology 20
Biological Modelling 20
Advanced Marine Research Topics 2 20
Creativity, Innovation and Market Research in Science and Engineering UG 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught via a combination of methods, including:

  • lectures
  • lab work
  • field work
  • seminars
  • tutor group sessions

Our field and lab based modules provide you with a firm basis to build practical experiences that enhance the scientific skills expected of a biology graduate.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Interviews

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Research skills

In your third year, you have the option of completing a biological research project, which allows you to undertake each stage of the research process. You will be responsible for planning, executing, analysing, interpreting and presenting the results of your project.

Practical experience

Our Zoology BSc Honours degree is designed to ensure you gain lots of practical experience, through lab-based classes and the opportunity to take part in a variety of field courses.

You'll have the chance to undertake a mammal surveying skills field course in the UK or Africa. There will also be the opportunity for numerous day-excursions.


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


As a Biology and Zoology student, you'll be based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus.

During your studies, you'll have access to two commercial farms near Newcastle. These are used as demonstration facilities as well as a field station with glasshouse and dedicated teaching facilities.

You'll have the opportunity to access purpose-built laboratories. You can also visit the Great North Museum, where there's a range of important biological collections. We also have our controlled-environment aquaria situated in the Ridley 2 Building.


To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive a tablet. You can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Your future

Our zoology degree equips you with a wide range of skills to ensure you have many career opportunities available to you. 

92% of zoology graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this degree*, and many have found work in commercial or medical laboratory positions, conservation work and animal care as well as choosing to study in more specialist areas such as: 

  • biomedical science
  • conservation
  • animal behaviour
  • environmental consultancy

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Enterprising students

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Careers support

Our Enterprise Challenge gives students the opportunity to work with industry on a project that tackles real-world issues. Watch the above video to find out more.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32-34 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding


We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

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.

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