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C301 - Zoology

Zoology

MBiol Honours

  • UCAS code: C301
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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Our four-year Zoology MBiol Honours degree is very similar in content to our BSc but includes a year of master's-level study, which offers significant research experience.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

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

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

We are currently reviewing our courses to ensure we provide you with the best possible learning experience. Please check this page for updates.

You will study specialist zoology topics, such as:

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

Through lab-based teaching you learn key laboratory skills required by professional zoologists. You take these to a higher professional level during your fourth year, where you work alongside our research active staff to explore advanced topics in zoology.

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

  • ecology
  • evolution
  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • genetics
  • 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).

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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

Modules

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 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).

Modules

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
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10
The Marine Environment 20
Marine Microbiology and Primary Producers 20
Introductory Oceanography 10

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 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.

Modules

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
UK Wildlife 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

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

You study advanced topics, many of which are linked to our research expertise. You will further develop your fieldwork skills through field courses at Years 2 and 3. These include a project-based residential field course, an optional mammal surveying skills module, or a tropical conservation research module.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Current Zoology 10
Physiological Zoology 20
Optional Modules Credits
Zoo Animal Science and Management 10
Precision technologies and global challenges in managed animal behaviour and welfare 20
Molecular Evolution and Systematics 20
Mammal Surveying Skills 10
Biodiversity Science and Management 20
Applied Ecology 20
Biological Modelling 20
Biological Literature Review 40
Biological Information Project 40
Biological Research Project 40
Creativity, Innovation and Market Research in Science and Engineering UG 10

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.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits

You will take one of the following 60 credit compulsory modules:

BIO8196 Research Project
BIO8197 Research Project

Optional Modules Credits
Management of Wildlife Disease and Epidemiology 10
Global Species Conservation Principles and Practice 10
Invasive Species 10
Wildlife Research in Practice 10
Geographical Information systems and Remote Sensing 20
Research Project 60
Research Project 60
The Biological Study of Behaviour 20
Data preparation, analysis, interpretation and presentation for MSc 10
Academic and professional skills for MSc 10
Quantitative Ecological Research Methods 20
Ideas for Business Enterprise for Postgraduates in Science, Agriculture & Engineering 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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 around skills development.

You may find yourself spending as much time in the laboratory as the lecture theatre, or be off campus for field trips.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Research skills

In your 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 others.

Opportunities

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

Facilities

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. 

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. 

Support

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.

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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Careers support

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.

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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 below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAB-BBB

International Baccalaureate

32-34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

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. 

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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. 

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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)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

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.

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.

Read more about fees and funding

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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