Typical A-level offer
BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.
Kick start and enhance your career prospects with our new Zoology with an integrated year in industry. Zoology is the science of animal life, whether it is microscopic or massive, aquatic or terrestrial. If you are fascinated by the millions of animal species with which we share the planet, this degree is for you! Zoology at Aberystwyth University benefits from our wonderful natural environment including inter-tidaland sub-tidal marine habitats, estuaries, wetlands, freshwater streams and rivers, woodlands, heathland etc., allowing access to species such as red kites, chough, bottle-nose dolphins, pine martins, red squirrels, porpoises etc. The industrial placement provides you with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt during your first and second years within a working environment. This course is engineered to give you a head start in an increasingly competitive job market, upon successful completion of this degree you will have developed an additional range of working skills and awareness all of which employers are seeking.
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)
Why study Zoology at Aberystwyth University?
- Study in a University that’s in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2017).
- The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Zoology (C300) however you will have an additional year of funding to undertake and complete your year in industry. Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade.
- Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. If you cannot obtain a placement you must transfer to its sister course BSc Zoology (C300).
- During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here.
- You will benefit from fantastic modern laboratories, a microscopy suite, a historic specimen collection and aquaria.
- Taught by Zoology experts, some you may have already seen them on TV documentaries or listened to them on your favourite science podcast.
- Unrivalled wildlife and countryside; Aberystwyth is a stone’s throw away from many internationally recognised habitats including the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, two RAMSAR wetlands, two marine Special Areas of Conservation, two National Nature Reserves, several Sites of Special Scientific Interest to name but a few, providing you with fabulous fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
- Top 10 in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment (2014).
- 78% of research assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 REF.
The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Applied Genetics
- Biochemistry and the Cellular Basis of Life
- Comparative Animal Physiology
- Ecology *
- Evolution and the Diversity of Life
- Study and Communication Skills *
- The Green Planet *
- Wildlife Forensics
- The Biosphere
- Biological Thought and Discovery
- Microbial Diversity *
- The Development and Management of British Habitats *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- Animal Behaviour Field Course
- Animal Bioethics *
- Behavioural Neurobiology *
- Evolution Field Course
- Freshwater Biology Field Course
- Interpretation and Environmental Education
- Marine Biology Field Course
- Population and Community Ecology
- Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation (Trec) Field Course
- Biodiversity of Birds
- Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Wildlife Conservation
- Communicating Research *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Employability is embedded across all of our teaching at Aberystwyth University.
In a growing market where graduates with skills and specialist knowledge in Zoology, our graduates seek employment in the following:
- Environmental consultancy
Many students have processed to further training in:
- Postgraduate research (PhD, MSc, PGCE)
Your year in industry:
In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.
Completing a year in industry will allow you to:
- Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
- Make industry contacts;
- Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
- Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
- Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.
Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers adviser (James Cuffe, email@example.com). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.
Teaching & Learning
This course is designed to enable you to tailor your studies into areas of particular interest. You will be able to focus either on the whole animal, population and conservation biology, or on more applied aspects of Zoology such as parasitolon.
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.
In your first year you will cover subjects relating to:
- The diversity of life on Earth from unicellular organisms to the multicellular invertebrates and vertebrates, relating form to function and the key evolutionary events that have occurred.
- The fundamental principles of ecology and the relationships between species covering energy transfer, intra and inter-species interactions, resource utilisation etc.
- The importance of plants as primary producers, their morphology, physiology and ecological adaptations.
- The principles of genetics from molecules to populations and species.
- The structure and function of eukaryotic cells and the chemistry of molecules within cells.
- Wildlife forensics utilising forensic entomology and ecotoxicology, and the use of DNA ‘barcoding’ help solve wildlife crime.
- You may also undertake subjects related to the major environmental process on Earth that have influenced flora and fauna, the history of our understanding of Biology and how it has developed over time, and the diversity of microbial life and their importance as pathogens, mutualists and within the ecosystem.
In your second year you will explore:
- Invertebrate and vertebrate biology covering their evolution, physiology, ecology etc.
- Evolution of organisms including speciation, phylogenetics and population genetics.
- Animal behaviour including its function, causation, development and evolution.
- The principles and practice of a range of basic quantitative and qualitative procedures, data analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
- You may also undertake subjects related to species conservation and habitat management, the role of zoological gardens for animal conservation, and a field trip to Peru.
- There are also opportunities to enhance your employability skills by taking your second year at a European institution (ERASMUS + exchange) or North America. Or you can take a year in employment between your second and third years.
In your third year you will undertake your work experience which will be relevant to your degree in Zoology. If you cannot obtain your work experience then you will transfer to its sister course BSc Zoology, C300.
In your final year you will be taught detail on:
- Behavioural physiology, detailing the mechanisms which underpin behaviour and advance behaviours including orientation and navigation.
- Population ecology focusing on the models used to account for the distribution and abundance of organisms.
- A compulsory dissertation under the supervision of a member of the Zoology teaching staff
- You may also undertake subjects related to wildlife conservation and the importance of genetics in conserving species, parasitology covering the diversity of parasites and their potential to cause disease, the current and future threats to species and ecosystems, and animal welfare including the behavioural and physiological traits associated with pain and stress.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level
65-70% overall with 75% in specified subject
The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org