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
- animal physiology
- ecology and conservation
- vertebrate biology
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.
The first year is shared with other degrees in the School, providing all students with a thorough foundation in the essentials of the subject.
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:
- cell biology
- a topic from a choice in agriculture, marine biology or psychology
You can transfer to one of our other degrees before the second year should your interests change (subject to achieving the appropriate grades).
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 changes 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 and zoology degrees in the School. You can transfer to one of our other Biology and Zoology degrees before the second year should your interests change (subject to achieving the appropriate grades).
|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|
|Introduction to the Sedimentary Record||10|
|The Marine Environment||20|
|Marine Microbiology and Primary Producers||20|
Your study of animals becomes specialised, with topics such as: animal behaviour; animal physiology; entomology; vertebrate biology; and biodiversity, ecology and conservation. Optional modules are also available in more specialised topics.
In Stage 2, you take a field course on identification of insects and birds.
|Field Identification Skills||10|
|Experimental Design and Statistics for Biologists||10|
|Molecular Biology and Development||10|
|Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation||20|
|Residential Field Course||10|
|Employability Skills for Biologists||10|
|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 further develop your fieldwork skills through field courses at Stages 2 and 3. These include a project-based residential field course (locations include Kielder in Northumberland, Millport in Scotland, and Crete), an optional mammal surveying skills module in the UK, or a tropical conservation research module in Thailand.
|Hormones and Behaviour||10|
Teaching and assessment
You'll spend around a third of your time with teaching staff for lectures, laboratory and practical classes and computer sessions. Tutorial activities will be based on skills development.
You may find yourself spending as much time in the laboratory as the lecture theatre, or be off campus for field trips.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
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.
Between Stage 2 and 3, you'll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the sector on a work placement. Alternatively, you can choose to go and explore a different country with our Study Abroad scheme.
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 species identification field course, a residential field course and multiple day excursions.
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.
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.
Facilities and environment
You'll be based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus.
Away from the main campus, you'll have access to teaching at our two University-run farms. These are used as demonstration facilities as well as a field station with glasshouse and dedicated teaching facilities.
Our marine zoologists will be able to study living organisms with access to the Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats and our research vessel, The Princess Royal.
On campus, you'll receive teaching in our purpose-built laboratories and be able to visit the Great North Museum, where there's a range of important biological collections. There's also our controlled-environment aquaria in the Ridley Building.
As a new student, you'll receive a tablet, so you can download online learning resources, helping 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.
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
- animal behaviour
- environmental consultancy
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Make a difference
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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and 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.
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.
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 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
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.
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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