University of Liverpool

Zoology BSc (Hons)

University of Liverpool
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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Liverpool
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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Liverpool
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Zoology is the study of animal life, from whole animals and populations through tissues to their cells and molecular structures. Zoologists also look at the behavioural patterns of animals, the effects of pollution on their habitats, and animal diseases. Many Zoology graduates go on to study at our School of Veterinary Science or find work in zoos, in wildlife conservation and management, or in wildlife documentary. We aim to provide you with a broad base of animal knowledge, with the opportunity to specialise later on. Specialist topics include animal behaviour, conservation biology, ecology and animal physiology. You will also take modules in statistics, practical physiology, computing and the use of software packages. You will visit zoologically rich locations during field courses and fieldwork projects. Fieldwork projects can be carried out in a wide range of habitats including the Wirral, the Liverpool Docks, Knowsley Safari Park or Chester Zoo. Residential field courses are part of the Year One and Year Three syllabus. These are held in the southern Lake District and in the South of France. In addition, you have the opportunity to take a tropical field course to Uganda in Year Two. Department Key Facts Number of first year students405 Year One undergraduates in the School of Life Sciences in 2015 Graduate prospects85.6% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2013/14) National Student SurveyOverall satisfaction rates ranged from 90-96% on our programmes in the National Student Survey 2013. Why this subject? Shape your study with real flexibility and choice. You’ll study in one of the largest...

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Chatham Street, L69 7ZH, Merseyside, England
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Chatham Street, L69 7ZH, Merseyside, England
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· Requirements

Entry Requirements A level offerTypical A level offer ABB Subject requirementsBiology and one other science preferably Chemistry at A level BTECDDD in a relevant subject with at least 120 Level 3 credits at Distinction. Relevant subjects considered include: Applied Science with relevant units in Biology and Chemistry.

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What you'll learn on the course

Animal Behaviour
Skills and Training

Course programme

Module details Programme Year One

Core modules:

  • Molecules and Cells
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Grand Challenges in Biology
  • Experimental Skills
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Ecology and the Global Environment
  • Field Skills

Plus one optional module from:

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Developmental Biology
  • Introduction to Animal Husbandry
Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Behavioural Ecology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
  • Biodiversity Practical Skills
  • Advanced Techniques in Zoology

Plus one of the following optional theory modules:

  • Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
  • Genome Organisation and Maintenance
  • Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health
  • Veterinary Form and Function
  • Advanced Animal Husbandry
  • The Multicellular Organism
  • The Immune System in Health and Disease

And either

  • Tropical Field Course

Or two of the following practical modules

  • E-Biology
  • Molecular Science
  • Techniques in Cell Biology
  • Advanced Genetics Techniques
Programme Year Three

A large part of your final year is the research project where students work in the research laboratories or in the field alongside postgraduate and postdoctoral research workers. Laboratory based projects have been closely linked with our research, such as the molecular biology of adaptation, molecular studies of ageing, biochemical pathways in cellular damage leading to an elucidation of events in heart and kidney disease, endocrinology in vertebrates and invertebrates. Projects in animal behaviour have been carried out in the laboratory, in the field (eg at Hilbre Island in the Dee Estuary) and at Chester Zoo.

Other core modules include the Advanced Skills in Zoology which focuses on bioscience communication skills. During the final year field course you will work in small groups on projects examining, for example, small mammal behaviour.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Skills in Zoology
  • Zoology Field Course
  • Zoology in the Workplace
  • Research Project

Plus four of the following optional theory modules:

  • Current Topics in Animal Behaviour
  • Integrative and Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Parasitology
  • Topics in Global Health

The modules listed above are illustrative and subject to change. Please refer to the department site for further information

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