Faculty of Science and Engineering


Undergraduate                  BSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C300

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Biology

  • Cells and Organelles

  • Diversity of Life

  • Principles of Genetics

  • Ecology and Evolution

  • Dive Training

  • Science Communication

  • Chemistry of Life

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

  • Animal Form and Function

Optional modules

  • Evolutionary Biology

  • Fish Ecology

  • Behavioural Ecology

  • Conservation Biology

  • Aquatic Zoology

  • Geographic Information Systems

  • Genetic Analysis

  • Intertidal Systems

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Your final year includes residential field studies, an optional placement in industry, and a research project which you can complete as a member of one of the faculty's research groups or at Hull's award-winning submarium, The Deep.

Optional modules

  • Sensory Physiology of Animals

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

  • Biology in Education

  • Field Studies

  • Independent Research Project

  • Concepts in Ecology

  • Insect Biology

  • Wildlife Management

  • Sex and Social Behaviour

  • Extinction

  • Practical Conservation

  • Structured Research Project

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More about this course

Our Zoology programme explores all aspects of animal life, from sub-cellular level to ecosystems, combining traditional zoology and contemporary biology in an exciting and rewarding course for 21st-century scientists. Field study is an integral part of the programme which includes opportunities for residential field courses in locations including Scotland, Mallorca, Malaysia and Brazil, as well as day-to-day fieldwork opportunities which allow you to put the theory you learn into practice. Students have the opportunity to train as scuba divers to PADI Advanced Open Water level within the Dive Training module. Placements in industry or in schools, as well as the possibility to complete your final-year project in one of our research groups or at Britain's only submarium, The Deep in Hull, provide you with valuable career insights.

Specialisation is a major feature of our programme, allowing you to choose a zoological area tailored to your career goals such as conservation biology, animal behaviour, evolutionary genetics or physiology. Your learning experience is underpinned by research active academics, hands-on experience of modern lab and field research techniques, excellent facilities and a supportive setting. The option of a foundation year is ideal if you do not have a strong enough background in biology to meet our direct entry requirements for the full BSc course.

Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom.

Study under world-leading experts on vital issues such as climate change and environmental DNA.

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Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Many of our graduates go into successful careers as professional biologists, laboratory officers, environmental consultants, microbiologists and diving related positions. Others go into a diverse range of careers with employers such as RB, the Environment Agency, Natural England, wildlife trusts, and conservation agencies. Students also go into postgraduate study across the world, including enrolling on our own taught Environmental Change Monitoring and Management degree, research Masters programmes, or PhDs.

Our course is designed with employability in mind to help develop the skills for a range of careers that require biology-focused graduates.