Zoology BSc


In Exeter

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The University of Exeter featured in the UK’s top 10 in the past 3 years (The Times Good University Guide) and ranks in the top one per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education international rankings. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities; the UK’s equivalent to the Ivy League.

The quality of education and experience received at the University of Exeter means we have never been out of the top 10 for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.




Exeter (Devon)
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Prince Of Wales Road, EX4 4SB


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Course programme

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in the second and final years of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

If you have mobility or health disabilities that prevent you from undertaking intensive fieldwork, reasonable adjustments and/or alternative assessment can be considered. This could include replacing a fieldwork module with an alternative in agreement with the Director of Education.

You are also permitted to take the five credit module BIO3406 Biosciences Research Internship in any year. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory modules CodeModuleCredits BIO1408Introduction to Ecology and Conservation 15 BIO1411Genetics 15 BIO1415Introduction to Evolution and Behavioural Ecology 15 BIO1417Key Skills in Biological Sciences 15 BIO1418Introduction to Invertebrate Zoology 15 BIO1419Introduction to Vertebrate Zoology 15 BIO1420Physiology 15 BIO1421Field and Laboratory Techniques 15 Year 2

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

a You must take either BIO2427 or BIO2428 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

b You must take either BIO2431 or BIO2437 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

c It is compulsory to take a field course in the second year. You must select at least one field course module from LES2001, BIO2442, BIO2443, BIO2444 and BIO2445. LES2001 is the default free module and may be substituted with BIO2442, BIO2443, BIO2444 or BIO2445.

Compulsory modules CodeModuleCredits BIO2406Biodiversity and Conservation 15 BIO2422Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning 15 BIO2426Analysis of Biological Data 15 BIO2427Animal Ecophysiology (See note a above)15 BIO2428Development of Behaviour (See note a above)15 BIO2430Behavioural Ecology 15 BIO2431The Biology of Mammals (See note b above)15 BIO2437Biology of Aquatic Vertebrates (See note b above)15 BIO2442Scillies Field Course (See note c above)15 BIO2443Cyprus Field Course (See note c above)15 BIO2444Scotland Field Course (See note c above)15 BIO2445Iceland Field Course (See note c above)15 LES2001Grand Challenges Cornwall (See note c above)15 Optional modules CodeModuleCredits BIO2407Population and Community Ecology 15 BIO2414Evolutionary Ecology 15 BIO2423Wildlife Disease 15 BIO2425Introduction to Ecological Consultancy 15 BIO2432Exploitation of the Sea 15 BIO2435Evolutionary Conservation Genetics 15 BIO2439Biology of Birds 15 BIO2441Applied Insect Ecology 15 CSC2011MLiving with Environmental Change 15 ECM2901Mathematics of the Environment II 15 GEO2435Evolution of Human Societies 15 GEO2440Geographical Information Science and Systems 15 GEO2441Remote Sensing for Environmental Management 15 LES2002Workplace Learning 15 Year 3

75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

d It is compulsory to take a field course in the final year. BIO3417 is the default module and may be substituted with either BIO3122, BIO3403, BIO3404 or BIO3414.

Compulsory modules CodeModuleCredits BIO3136Research Project 40 BIO3122Africa Field Course (See note d above)30 BIO3403Bahamas Field Course (See note d above)30 BIO3404Borneo Field Course (See note d above)30 BIO3414Costa Rica Field Course (See note d above)30 BIO3417Tenerife Field Course (See note d above)30 LES3001Preparing to Graduate 5 Optional modules CodeModuleCredits BIO3116Marine Vertebrate Conservation 15 BIO3128The Behavioural Ecology of Information Use 15 BIO3130Mating Systems Biology 15 BIO3131Trends in Ecology and Evolution 15 BIO3132Reproductive Biology 15 BIO3135Human Behavioural Ecology 15 BIO3400Living in Groups 15 BIO3401Coevolutionary Interactions 15 BIO3402Nature via Nurture 15 BIO3410Sensory Ecology 15 BIO3411Science in Society 15 BIO3412Ecology and Evolution of Disease 15 BIO3413Animal Life Histories 15 BIO3415Ecological Responses to Climate Change 15 BIO3416Marine Spatial Ecology 15 CSC4011MLiving with Environmental Change 15 CSC4013MFrontiers in Global Health 15 ECM3905Mathematics Biology and Ecology 15

Zoology BSc

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