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Biological Sciences (Zoology)
UCAS code: C300
Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 years, 4 years sandwich
Part time: part-time study is possible
Location: Headington, Headington (Marston Road site)
Department(s): Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
How has animal behaviour evolved over time? What effect is environmental change having on endangered species? If these questions intrigue you, then our BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology) degree is for you. You’ll develop detailed knowledge of the biology of animals, from cells and molecules to conservation work.
Zoology seeks to address issues including loss of biodiversity, wildlife conservation, genetically modified organisms, cloning and disease outbreaks. As active researchers in areas such as gene regulation, conservation, biodiversity, and neurobiology, our teaching staff are well-positioned to help you apply fundamental biology to real life issues.
Through academic and practical exercises, you’ll gain skills that are essential in the workplace. We’ll train you in lab and field techniques using modern technology. We’ll also equip you in data handling, computing, report writing, and teamwork.
We’re in the business of creating bioscientists for the future. That’s why we’re investing in our relationships with the local biosciences industry and conservation organisations.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
A range of teaching labs with industry-standard equipment and research labs for projects.
Tailor the course to suit your interests. You can choose from a broad range of modules, starting with a foundation year if you need it or taking a year in industry.
We pride ourselves on the connection our staff have with our students. This will support your academic and personal development.
Strong links with industry
We enjoy strong working relationships with organisations like environmental consultancies, the Environment Agency, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, and animal rescue centres. These benefit our students through guest speakers and work experience opportunities.
Step out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself. Enhance your future prospects. Experience what it’s like to study and live in a different country.
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.
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.
Your first year will ground you in core topics like cell biology, genetics, organisms and their environment, evolution and basic science skills. Along with core modules in animal development, evolution, genetics, data carpentry, interrogating genomes and animal behaviour, students can take modules in microbiology, cell biology, threatened species as well as molecular biology.
In year 2, you’ll start to specialise. You’ll immerse yourself in the study of animal behaviour, animal developmental biology, genetics, and data carpentry. You’ll also be guided into the world of big data.
We’ll support you to prepare for your future career, whether that is a job or further education, with the option to take either a year in industry or a work experience module to build your confidence in the workplace.
For your final year dissertation, you’ll dig into a topic that fascinates you. This can be done with our research teams or in conjunction with companies.
Learning and teaching
Throughout the course we focus on applying fundamental biology to real life issues. You will focus on applying your knowledge in practical settings, either in the lab or out in the field.
You have the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills. These include:
- molecular techniques
- advanced light and electron microscopy
- field-based methods for species and landscape assessment
- cutting edge methodologies for the study of evolution and developmental biology
Our teaching methods include:
Assessment is designed to shape and develop learning, not simply measure it.
Our assessment methods include:
- laboratory or field notebooks
- scientific reports
- oral presentations
You’ll reflect on your progress with assignment feedback together with your diaries.
There is a field-course module at the end of your first year where you experience one week of intensive practical field study in the Cevennes region of southern France, an area characterised by a rich natural history, habitat and landscape diversity. The field-work comprises various group activities focussing on identification of terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna, ecological sampling techniques for terrestrial and aquatic environments, quantitative description and analysis of group data, and designing field investigations. You can thus broaden your UK experiences by encountering unfamiliar assemblages of plants and animals influenced by different regional cultural and social environmental attitudes. As the field trip is a compulsory module the cost is covered within the course fees. Depending on your choice of modules there will be other half-day visits and these are at no extra cost.
Biodiversity - (double credit module)
Cell Biology & Genetics - (double credit module)
Introduction to Biochemistry A
Field Course: Identification and Methods
The Practicing Scientist - (double credit module)
Animal Developmental Biology
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Professional Skills and Techniques
Animal Neurology & Behaviour
Advanced Genetics and Genomics
Advanced Cell Biology and Bioimaging
Advanced Topics in Wildlife Conservation
Evolution and Animal Development - (double credit module)
Science and Humanity
Work Experience - (single credit module that can be taken in either semester)
Independent Study in Life Sciences - (single credit module that can be taken in either semester)
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Our BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology) degree prepares you to take on interesting roles in a variety of industries.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in animal welfare, controlling pests and diseases, drug development, teaching, and research. The degree is also a gateway into careers in management, journalism and the media, finance, law, computing, and leisure.
Typically, our graduates go to work as:
- lab technicians,
- zoo keepers,
- environmental consultants.
While some graduates work internationally and across the UK, many take up posts in the Oxford area. The city is surrounded by organisations like veterinary practices, wildlife trusts, and the RSPB.
Many graduates carry on their studies with us or other institutions. Our Msc Conservation Ecology has been particularly popular. Some continue onto PhDs, including internally funded PhDs.
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104
A Level: BCC
IB Points: 29
UCAS Tariff Points: 88
A Level: CCD
IB Points: 27
Specific entry requirements
A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology).
If you do not have a background in science, we encourage you to consider our Life Sciences Foundation year.
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
There are some additional costs for the course including the purchase of a lab coat, safety goggles, stationery such as a lab notebook, printing and text books (though the library will have some copies). If the student opts for the placement year then there will be living costs associated with this year but we encourage students to seek a placement with a bursary or a paid placement to mitigate this. Work experience also may also incur travel costs.
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