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Zoology MBiol Honours

  • UCAS code: C301
  • Full time
  • 4 years

Our newly developed, flexible, four-year Zoology MBiol Honours degree will provide you with in-depth training and a thorough understanding of all aspects of animal life along with comprehensive research experience.

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Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This Zoology MBiol 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.

Through laboratory and field-based teaching, you'll learn and perfect the skills required to succeed in zoology. In your fourth year you'll work alongside our active research staff to delve deeper into more advanced topics.

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

BSc or MBiol?

Some of 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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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
Animal Health 10
Introduction to Animal Physiology 10
Natural Science Research Impact 10
UK Wildlife 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10
The Marine Environment 20
Marine Microbiology and Primary Producers 20

With approval from the Degree Programme Director, an alternative optional module to those listed above may be selected.

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

You'll also take a field course on the identification of insects and birds.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Field Identification Skills 10
Experimental Design and Statistics 10
Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation 20
Animal Function (Physiology and Development) 20

You must also take one or both of the following modules (shown in the optional list below):


Optional Modules Credits
Career Development for second year students 20
Animal Parasitology 10
Qualitative Research Methods 10
Sustainable Solutions 10
Animal Behaviour 10
Pollution of Air, Water & Soil 10
Evolutionary Biology 20
Insect Biology and Origins 20
Marine Vertebrate Biology and Ecology 20
Field-based Ecology: designing experiments, and residential field course 20
Vertebrate Biology 20
Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues 10

With approval from the Degree Programme Director, an alternative optional module to those listed above may be selected.

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
Physiological Zoology 20
Current Zoology 20
Research Project 40

You must also take one or both of the following compulsory modules (shown in the optional list below):


Optional Modules Credits
Advanced Career Development module 20
Animal Welfare and Behaviour 20
Biodiversity Science and Management 20
Current Research in Ecology 20
Biological Modelling 20
Africa Field Course: Conservation and Ecology 20
Advanced Marine Research Topics 2 20

You build on the knowledge and skills you developed in the first three years, working alongside our research-active staff to explore advanced topics in zoology. You will undertake a research project working with an active research group.


Compulsory modules

You must take one of the following compulsory modules (shown in the optional list below):



Optional Modules Credits
Archaeology of Animal Bones 20
The Biological Study of Behaviour 20
Animal Welfare and Applied Animal Behaviour 20
Quantitative Ecological Research Methods 20
Problem Solving through Innovation PG 10
Research Project 60
Research Project 60
Invasive Species 10
Policy and Licensing 10
Geographical Information systems and Remote Sensing 20
Critical Thinking and Analysis for Evidence-Based Environmental Science 20
Environmental Impact Assessment 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

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Interviews

  • Portfolio submission

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Research skills

In your third and fourth year, you will undertake a research project, which will help you develop your specialist research skills. You'll be confident in completing an individual investigation and reporting your findings and interpretations to other.

Practical skills

Our Zoology MBiol 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 3 and 4.

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, 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

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Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: MBiol Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

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International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


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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