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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Zoology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C300

What you'll study

Explore all aspects of animal life, from the sub-cellular level to ecosystems. You can also learn to scuba dive and go on field trips to exciting locations.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Skills for Biologists

    ​This module introduces key general learning skills and essential practical skills required for a degree in the biological sciences. Develop the research, communication, data analysis, presentation, laboratory and field skills ready to succeed in your chosen subject.​

  • Diversity of Life

    ​This module introduces you to the diversity of life and the fascinating adaptations that enable organisms to inhabit nearly all conceivable ecological niches. Practical workshops will give you first-hand experience in studying living and preserved plants and animals, and you’ll learn basic microbiological techniques. ​

  • Cells and Organelles

    Explore the fascinating inner workings of cells, giving you a foundation in areas such as cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Consider topics such as cancer biology, how cells respond to hormones, and how proteins are regulated. Learn how to use equipment in research laboratories and design, carry out and write up your own experiment.

  • Ecology and Evolution

    ​This modules introduces you to the evolutionary and ecological processes you need in order to understand biology. You’ll cover topics such as global and ecosystem ecology, energy and nutrient cycles, population and community ecology, behavioural ecology, and evolutionary biology.​

  • Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. You will cover gene and chromosome structure, DNA replication, mechanisms of transcription and translation, genetic inheritance, genetic variation, and the principles behind techniques used to analyse the genome.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Science Communication

    Communicating science effectively is a skill you will need during your degree and beyond. This module allows you to learn theory and practise communicating a topic related to your degree, in a range of ways for a range of audiences.

  • Dive Training

    ​Do you want to learn to dive? In this module you can train to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and develop specialist diving skills including: underwater navigation, deep diving, photography, and underwater naturalist.​

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical. Join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules and their reactivity. Investigate biological examples that help to understand organisms' physiology, ecology, health and evolution.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

    Develop key experimental design and data analysis skills necessary for your degree. You’ll learn how to identify and evidence your skills and experience to help you secure employment in the future.

  • Animal Form and Function

    The module provides an integrated view of animal biology by showing how ecology shapes morphology, physiology and behaviour in different animals and across different environments, including marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Evolutionary Biology

    Explore the development of modern ideas in evolutionary biology, and their importance for understanding a variety of fundamental biological processes. You’ll study a range of different topics, including genetic techniques in evolution, phylogenetics, population process and natural selection in the wild.​

  • Fish Ecology

    Develop a detailed understanding of fisheries science covering taxonomy, distribution, growth, mortality, population dynamics, feeding, reproduction, parasites and predation. The module is under-pinned by theoretical and practical exercises, allowing you to understand key fisheries assessment methods used globally.

  • Behavioural Ecology

    Develop your understanding of why wild animals behave the way they do. You’ll study the proximate and ultimate causes of behaviour, and the interactions between animals and their environment.

  • Conservation Biology

    In this module, you will begin by studying patterns of biodiversity and the characteristics of different ecosystems, and go on to explore patterns of biogeography. You’ll examine current threats to biodiversity and the characteristics, such as life-history, ecology and distribution that make some species more vulnerable than others.

  • Aquatic Zoology

    Explore the major taxonomic groups in the marine environment, focussing on taxonomy, diagnostic characteristics and funky features. You’ll carry out practical observations of fish, squid, crustaceans, annelids and nematodes, and improve your skills in taxonomy and identification.​

  • Geographical Information Systems

    ​The ability to visualise data and present it in the form of a map is an essential skill for many ecological job roles. This module is a practical course designed to develop your understanding of the principles and processes behind GIS, the nature and use of spatial data and the application of GIS in the ecological and environmental science sector. You’ll be given training in industry-standard software and carry out an independent project relevant to your degree course.​

  • Genetic Analysis

    Takes a problem-based approach to understanding modern molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. You will become accustomed to modern methods of laboratory investigation, genetic data analysis and debate-current discoveries.

  • Intertidal Systems

    Here we look at the temporal and spatial factors affecting composition and productivity of intertidal systems, and the sustainability of intertidal resources. Develop your field sampling and laboratory identification skills and apply them in an intertidal monitoring context.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Sensory Physiology of Animals

    Discover the fascinating world of animal communication to learn how sensory systems control behaviour, and how this is applied to and affected by human activity, including climate change.

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

    Develop an understanding of the status and importance of freshwater fisheries worldwide. You will learn how humans impact on freshwater fisheries, rehabilitation processes, conservation methods and legislative instruments all used to protect and develop fisheries.

  • Biology in Education

    This exciting module enables you to conduct original research in a subject of your choosing within the broad area of Educational studies. You will plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

  • Field Studies

    ​Explore somewhere new and learn new field-based skills on one of our residential field trips (a financial contribution is required).  Destinations vary but recent students have selected from a dive-based trip in Malaysia, an exploration of the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil, Mediterranean ecology in Mallorca and UK ecology at Malham Tarn.  ​

  • Independent Research Project

    You will have the unique opportunity to work on your own lab-based project alongside researchers. You'll have direct input into experimental design and will analyse your data before writing it up in a dissertation. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree, as it's a chance to show off their skills in a real-world environment.

  • Concepts in Ecology

    Should we focus conservation of species based on their importance or their vulnerability? How much is a coral reef worth and is it more valuable than a mangrove? Why can’t we just stop things from going extinct? These kinds of questions are the foundation of this module. You'll consider how theoretical ecological concepts impact applied ecological processes such as conservation.

  • Insect Biology

    Insects are among the most numerous, diverse and awesome creatures on the planet. An Aladdin's cave, bursting with weirdness, colour and intrigue. They are also among the most important animals - vital to ecosystems we depend on, but also wreaking terrible destruction. In a mix of lectures, workshops, practicals and fieldtrips, you will discover this amazing, crazy little world we’re lucky enough to study.

  • Wildlife Management

    Study a range of key topics associated with the management of wildlife populations. You’ll explore topics such as sustainable harvesting, human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife disease, population management and decision making through case-studies such as tiger habitat conservation and the management of upland forests and roe deer populations.​

  • Sex and Social Behaviour

    Evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology are taken to the next level in this module. You'll develop a deeper understanding of fascinating topics such as the evolution of sex, cryptic female choice, sperm competition, sexual conflict, parental care, brood parasitism, co-operative breeding and much more.

  • Extinction

    Investigate and discuss questions on prehistoric, historical and contemporary extinctions, from genetic, evolutionary, ecological, paleoecological, geographical and geological perspectives.

  • Practical Conservation

    Work in partnership with local environmentally orientated organisations to help further their objectives. You'll learn about the day-to-day practicalities of species and habitat management, population surveys, public engagement and promoting sustainable use of environmental resources.

  • Structured Research Project

    Undertake a collaborative research project, working with a team of other students to investigate research questions relevant to your degree. Projects have included DNA barcoding of biodiversity, sensory physiology and animal responses to ocean acidification, and pollution monitoring of the Humber Estuary.

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More about this course

Our zoology degree explores all animal life from a sub-cellular level to entire ecosystems. We combine traditional zoology and contemporary biology in a course for 21st-century scientists.

  • Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).
  • Field study is an integral part of the programme. That includes opportunities for residential field courses in locations including Scotland, Mallorca, Malaysia and Brazil.
  • 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year, 2016/17 published by HESA 2018).
  • Ranked fourth in the UK for this subject, with a 96% overall satisfaction score from our students (2018 National Student Survey, HEIs).
  • Facilities include the biomedical research facility, 33,000-litres of tropical aquaria and environmental genomics laboratories.

You control the emphasis of your studies depending on what area you're most interested in. You can choose to specialise in fields like conservation biology, animal behaviour, evolutionary genetics or physiology. Your learning will be supported by research-active academics, hands-on training and a friendly setting.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

52%

23%

25%

Second year

43%

13%

44%

Final year

17%

9%

73%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Many of our graduates go into successful careers as professional biologists, laboratory officers, environmental consultants, microbiologists and in 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.