BSc (Hons) Zoology

With study abroad and sandwich year options

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Overview

Our BSc (Hons) Zoology course offers an interdisciplinary approach for studying the subject. You’ll cover a wide range of different issues and areas, examining the molecular biology, genetics and physiology of animals, while discovering the ways these areas have shaped animal evolution and behaviour. This variety makes it a flexible programme.

Whether you pursue areas like animal evolution and behaviour, movement physiology and ecology, the genetics of animal populations, or population biology of tropical animals, you’ll also find a practical focus to your studies. You’ll learn a wide range of field, laboratory and analytical skills, which are not only vital for the study of zoology, but will prove invaluable for your future career.

And, while our laboratories and equipment are excellent, we know that there’s no substitute for learning in the field – so you may have the opportunity to take part in field courses and project work in Europe, Africa and South America.

This course is also available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

  • Explore the topics and issues that shape the world around us, and choose from a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms within zoology.
  • Develop practical skills in the laboratory and in the field, both in the UK and overseas – right now, that could include fieldwork in Portugal, Tanzania, Kenya or South America.
  • Learn in high-spec laboratories, including a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour, freshwater and terrestrial ecology labs and controlled environment plant growth chambers.
"Our research exposes students to genetics work that has real impact on species conservation, such as assessing the breeding genetics practice in zoos and measuring genetic variation in the wild. Students have the opportunity to become involved in many different aspects of this work, from placements in zoos to working in the genetics lab." Dr Ed Harris, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Conservation Ecology

Career Prospects

Biological sciences graduates may go on to a variety of subject-specific careers in the biological, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, in medical, public health and environmental services or in teaching or research.

Zoology graduates may find employment across a wide range of sectors including industrial research laboratories, medical communications, pharmaceutical companies, environmental consultancies and nature conservation organisations.

Our Zoology course has been designed to equip you with transferable skills that may also be applied to non-subject-specific career pathways such as in management, local government, teaching or the civil service. For those who wish to continue their studies, there is a range of biology and conservation postgraduate programmes here at Manchester Met.

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of Natural Sciences graduates go straight into employment and/or further study.*

*DLHE survey 2017

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) to include A2 grade C in Biology or Human Biology or Applied Science. General studies not accepted. 

BTEC National Extended Diploma/Diploma in Applied Science (grades DMM/D*D).

 

Pre 2016 BTECs:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma in Applied Science (grades DMM/D*D). To include 60 Biology L3 credits at grade Distinction.

Recommended Biology Units as follows:

01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 43

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.

Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 Diploma Pts inc. HL Biology at Grade 5.

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Our Zoology course provides a mixture of theoretical and applied science. You will learn about physiology and molecular biology and then will have the opportunity to apply this learning to a range of real-world environmental, conservation or animal behaviour questions both in the laboratory and in the field.

Our Department of Natural Sciences provides an exceptional environment for your studies. We’ve invested in cutting-edge facilities for biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, plant physiology, animal behaviour and exercise physiology and biomechanics. Our teaching team is a vibrant community of research-active staff at the forefront of their fields.

If there’s anything more important than our facilities or our people, it’s our links. With strong connections to organisations both at home and around the world, we can offer a wealth of opportunities for your studies.

Typical areas of study may include biomolecules and cells, biodiversity monitoring, animal behaviour, genetics, ecology, physiology and anatomy, and diversity. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Principles of Animal Behaviour

The unit will introduce the broad frameworks for the scientific study of animal behaviour. Important concepts such as natural, sexual and kin selection will be explored within a behavioural context and the debate between nature vs nurture will be examined.

Ecology

This unit will introduce students to the study of ecology, the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment. Themes covered in this unit will typically include; the organisation of life in natural systems, variations in conditions (eg pH) and resources (eg light, nutrients) and their effects; functional classifications, indicators; geological, edaphic, climatic and chemical influences on habitats and ecosystems; biogeochemical and nutrient cycling; energy flow; primary productivity; trophic interactions; food webs.

How Science Works

This unit looks at how science is performed. Using relevant examples, students will examine how we ask questions, and gather data to answer them and communicate our findings.

Biomolecules and Cells

This unit provides an introduction to principles, concepts and techniques in the study of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. Key themes are biological molecules and cell structure and function.

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

This unit will introduce the major concepts underpinning genetics and evolution, mechanisms of evolutionary change, adaptation, and the history of life.

Diversity

This unit is an introduction to the variety of life on Earth, exploring plant and animal diversity from both a functional and a systematic perspective. Students will review the origins of life, the basic evolutionary relationships of the main taxonomic groups (including fossil organisms) and examine their life histories.

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology

An introduction to the principles of plant and animal physiology at the systems level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, pathology, and behaviour. It will focus on comparing and contrasting between species to identify patterns in the function of physiological systems and cells.

Biodiversity Monitoring

This unit focuses on the development of skills in a field and/or laboratory environment. Students will have the opportunity to develop their interests in specific groups of organisms eg mammals, birds, plants, invertebrates or particular themes in biodiversity science.

Typical areas of study may include professional skills, invertebrate biology, forensic DNA analysis, brain and behaviour, conservation biology, species interactions and molecular biology. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Brain and Behaviour

This unit covers the mechanisms and development of behaviour, or how brain and body combine to produce behaviour. The unit consists of a series of lectures, two practical sessions and tutorials. 

Professional Skills for Biologists

This unit introduces students to the professional skills involved with being a Biologist. It develops knowledge of key methodologies, skills and experiences needed for professional development. It supports the students to enable them to formulate research proposals, apply for research projects and present their professional skills succinctly.       

Invertebrate Biology

The unit will explore the anatomical, developmental, physiological, ecological and behavioural characteristics and lifecycles of major invertebrate phyla and review their importance to ecosystem function and as parasites and vectors of disease.

Field Course

This unit will introduce students to applied ecological techniques and behavioural data collection.  Students will design and deliver a research project during a residential or non-residential Field Course.

Applied Molecular Biology

This unit will introduce students to the key principles that underpin many nucleic acid molecular methodologies, with a strong emphasis on the applications and context of these techniques. 

Species Interactions

This unit will explore the ecology and evolution of species interactions. Key topics will include pollination, manipulation of reproduction, impacts of diseases and defence responses.

Option Units

Conservation Biology

The unit will embrace the principles of conservation biology, namely, biodiversity, conservation genetics, habitat disturbance and species extinction using examples of research-based conservation interventions.

Sex and Survival

The unit will cover the principles of evolution, and explore the concept of behavioural traits as adaptations to an individual's environment.

Professional Practice

An employability based skills unit with opportunities to work with both internal and external partners. The unit encompasses employability skills development workshops including cover letter and C.V. construction, job search strategies, interview techniques, and placement preparation. 

Animal Health and Welfare

This unit will allow students to extend their knowledge of animal welfare, human-animal interactions and how these link to non-human animal and human health. 

Biochemistry

This unit will develop students’ knowledge of protein structure and function, including metabolic processes linked to cellular signalling and protein modification. 

Forensic DNA Profiling

This unit will involve the processing of biological evidence from collection, to identification of particular bodily fluids, through to DNA profiling and individualisation. 

In your final year, you will study a range of units which includes movement physiology and ecology, conservation and genetics of populations, vertebrate evolution, genetic data and analysis, the social life of animals and coastal ecology. You will also undertake a final year Zoology project. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Project in Zoology

Students will develop a research question, plan an appropriate methodological approach, and collect and analyse the data from that investigation under the guidance of an allocated project supervisor. The project may take a number of approaches and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of laboratory, fieldwork or secondary data collection and analysis and will consider any health and safety issues, and ethical issues as well as developing scientific communication skills.

Vertebrate Evolution

In this unit students will look at the main features and way of life of different vertebrates and compared and contrast and how aspects of physiology, biomechanics, ecology and behaviour have responded to different selection pressures throughout vertebrate evolution.

Movement Physiology and Ecology

This unit will discuss key physiological adaptations in animals and plants, and use them to explain how organisms disperse, locomote and migrate. 

Conservation and Genetics of Populations

Within the context of evolutionary genetics, this unit will encompass topics in evolutionary biology, population genetics and the genetic basis of biological problems in conservation.

Genetic Data and Analysis

This unit will explore genetic and genomic research to address problems in evolution, human health, and conservation with an emphasis on genetic data and analysis.

Option Units

The Social Life of Animals

This unit will discuss the variation in social behaviour and communication between and within species in relation to ecological requirements and the evolution of cognition. 

Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour

This unit observes the key elements of the basic taxonomy, biology, ecology and behaviour of groups such as birds, mammals and insects.

Biological Responses to Environmental Change

You will examine the physiological, behavioural, ecological and distributional changes in species that result from global change, and consider community and ecosystem consequences of these. 

Forensic Genetics

This unit explores advanced molecular biology techniques for the analysis of DNA in different forensic contexts. 

Tropical Field Course

The tropic field course will provide experience of tropical habitats and the biodiversity that they support. There will be an emphasis on identification skills, the methods needed to study and carry out research in tropical habitats and also assess human impacts on these ecosystems. An integral element will be learning the skills to identify key plants, animals and habitats, and particularly those which require conservation management.

Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Services

This unit will explore contemporary issues in coastal ecology, conservation and restoration, and examine the unique organisms that live where the land meets the sea. Example topics will include methods of coastal management and restoration, the basis of coastal ecosystem services and the links between coastal community livelihoods and coastal biodiversity. 

The Undergraduate Consultancy

This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Assessment

Additional information about this course

Students are expected to comply with the Department's codes of conduct and behaviour on field courses, placements and exchanges. Placements and study exchange opportunities are dependent on passing each stage at the first opportunity and being of good standing.

Placement options

The four-year sandwich route gives you the opportunity to spend your third year on a placement with a relevant employer, like a conservation or environmental body, zoo or animal welfare organisation, or local government or a molecular diagnostics company. It’s a great chance to gain experience, build your network and develop transferable skills – all of which can boost your career prospects.

The four-year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in Europe, North America or Australasia.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4000 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print some assignments and other documents including posters. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Placement Costs

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Professional Costs

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Other Costs

Manchester Met now provides free travel insurance for students when they travel in connection with their programme of study, for example, on placements, field trips, exchanges etc. However, students should also take out personal insurance cover for belongings, as items such as mobile phones are not covered by this policy. Our courses have field-based elements of delivery so students would be expected to dress appropriately (eg purchase waterproof coats and trousers, sturdy footwear/walking boots). Students will be expected to print out some assessments (including posters). Travel expenses associated with independent data collection for final year dissertations are not reimbursed by the Department. Students will be advised to undertake low-cost local fieldwork at the design and planning stages of a project if necessary. We currently offer the opportunity, subject to demand, of carrying out Level 6 project field work in Kenya or Tanzania, if available this would carry and additional cost of between £1,800 - £2,300, depending upon whether taken in conjunction with the residential optional field course.

Funding

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