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Biological Sciences (Zoology)
Are you fascinated by animals? Our BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology) is an degree that explores the biology of animals.
You’ll study topics such as:
- molecular biology
- developmental biology
Oxford Brookes has a reputation for outstanding research work. Oxford area is an important centre for the bioscience industry. World class research centres like the Nuffield and Churchill hospitals are on our doorstep.
This course equips you to work with data from molecular lab techniques. You'll handle and analyse genomes. You'll develop the skills bioscientists need for this new era of genomics and big data.
This degree provides you with the flexibility to tailor the course to suit you. You can choose modules within the course to focus on animals, humans or cells.
The Oxford Brookes Student Bioinnovation Hub is an initiative to enhance engagement with the Life Sciences industry. Improve your employability with active engagement in the local bioscience sector.
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Questions about fees?
Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
This course reflects the wide ranging expertise in Zoology represented by staff in the department who will teach this course.
Studies in Year 1 aim to develop a firm understanding of core topics:
- cell biology
- human physiology
- basic science skills
In Year 2 and your Final Year you will specialise and choose modules to suit your own interests.
You will take compulsory modules such as Career development and Data Carpentry.
In the Professional Skills and Techniques module you will select three ‘podules’ from a list. A podule is a very short 'module within a module'. You can choose your podules from a list of skills and topics.
You can choose optional modules. These include topics such as Threatened Species or Animal Behaviour.
You will complete a Project module. You will conduct practical work in a research or industrial laboratory or in the field.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
The skills and knowledge gained on this course are directly relevant to a number of careers in the area of conservation of endangered species and habitats, animal education and welfare, controlling pests and diseases, drug development, journalism, teaching and research.
Others will find jobs in agricultural and biotechnology industries. There are other career paths in the civil service, forensic sciences, teaching, the food industry, commercial analytical laboratories, professions allied to medicine, and in government and industrial research laboratories.
A Biological Sciences (Zoology) degree also offers an excellent general university education and can provide a gateway to careers in management, journalism and the media, finance and other areas of commerce, law, computing and the leisure industry.
The Work Experience module gives the opportunity to work in a relevant organisation, often during part of a summer vacation, and in the process gain a module credit which counts towards the degree. There is also the option of doing a year in Industry.
Visiting speakers from relevant industries/professions also help create links with potential employers.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.