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Zoology

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biology and Zoology

UCAS Code: C300

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time
Four years full-time with a placement year
Up to six years part-time

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £12,000

In Brief:

  • A wide variety of field trips are available in the UK and abroad, including an opportunity for some students to go to Brazil
  • Opportunities for a placement year during which you can gain work experience (including overseas)
  • You will be taught by many academics who are active Zoology researchers
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Our BSc in Zoology will develop your knowledge of concepts at the forefront of zoological science. Practical training will equip you with many of the subject specific, personal and practical skills that you will need for your future career. You will learn about biological processes, their behaviour  and  how they react with their environment.

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the biology of animals. You will learn about animals, the links between them and their environment, and key aspects of zoological phenomena from molecular to ecological levels.

You will have the opportunity to go on several field trips over the duration of this programme which will provide real world experiences and examples to learn from. You will only pay a £25 non-refundable administration fee for the residential field courses, which are otherwise 100% subsidised by the  university.

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. The position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and  Hydrology,  MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

Laura Bennett
BSc Zoology graduate

Even though I didn’t achieve the best A level grades, I was determined to go on to university as I had wanted to study zoology from a young age. I was therefore very happy to discover that Salford did a foundation degree which would enable me to then go on to the zoology course. I also liked the location of the university which meant I could stay in the Manchester area.

The best thing about my time at Salford was the staff. The lecturers are highly knowledgeable in their fields, are easy to get on with but also professional. I also think the contacts I made whilst studying at Salford have come in handy since graduating.

The advice I would give to anybody considering BSc Zoology is to gain as much as you can from your course. I would also suggest anyone wanting a career in a laboratory undertakes a laboratory research project as this has helped me immensely in what I do now.

I would advise anyone considering career options to keep an open mind. You may start out wanting to do one thing but a degree can really change your mind. I started off wanting to work in conservation but as soon as I was introduced to the parasitology modules I was hooked.

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Year 1    

In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological sciences.    

This module focuses on the origins and diversity of living organisms (including humans), the environmental processes and their role in the generation of biodiversity.
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.
You will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied during year 1 and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.
This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.
This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro- and molecular biology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.

Year 2    

The highlight of year 2 is the opportunity to go on an excellent residential field trip at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire in May for the Marine Biology module, which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.    

The aim of this module is to provide you with a cohesive lecture and laboratory programme to enable you to become aware of mammalian molecular biology and genetics and to develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.
This module aims to provide you with a cohesive lecture programme and directed reading, enabling you to gain knowledge and understanding of: the range of infectious diseases that impact on humans; the basic biology and lifecycles of protozoa and helminths of medical importance; vectors that transmit        infectious agents and the internal and external factors that affect transmission of infectious diseases.
This module is to help you develop an ability to understand the basics of scientific research under the following areas in order to prepare you for future research based activity:        
  • critical evaluation of research-based literature          
  • understanding experimental techniques and design          
  • data interpretation, analysis and presentation          
  • dissertation writing and presentation.          
This module provides an structured approach to evolution and covers the evolution of animal body plans with a focus on vertebrates as well as covering the mechanisms that drive evolution.
And one from:
This module looks at the ecological principles that govern community interactions within and between species. This module includes extensive fieldwork and will provide an insight into living ecological systems.
This module introduces the concepts of animal behaviour with a specific emphasis on primates. It related behavior to conservation.
As well as one from the below:
This module provides awareness of the biology and ecology of marine environments as well as providing you with the opportunity to undertake field work and encouraging you to adopt an investigative approach to ecological studies.

Year 3  

In year 3 a wide range of optional modules and project possibilities allows you to specialise in your areas of interest. You can undertake a lab-based research project for 40 credits and choose four modules from the following list or take a literature/data analysis project worth 20 credits plus five modules from the following. A key feature of this year is the inclusion of tutorial based Professional Skills within the project to enhance your employability.
This module helps to develop an understanding of tropical ecosystems (particularly from the New World). It involves a two-week field course to Costa Rica and an independent research project conducted in a rainforest environment.
This module looks at the way evolution has shaped both the development and adaptation of groups of animals to their environments.
This is a unique module that builds on the considerable research experience that staff at Salford have in Parasitology and infectious diseases. It covers the basics and epidemiology of this group of diseases from a holistic view.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the cognitive abilities and limitations of nonhuman animals, with a particular focus on nonhuman primates. The course also develops your understanding of the cognitive challenges associated with living in complex social groups.  
This module looks at the importance of human and animal parasites, in relation to medical, veterinary or wildlife aspects, life-cycle biology, host response and the principles of parasite epidemiology and transmission. You will also study strategies for parasite detection, diagnosis and control. The        module includes a unique field course to enable you to see parasites living in their natural environment.
The module focuses on biology relevant to the water industry and organisations which regulate and control the aquatic environment; for example the Environment Agency. The major themes are biology associated with water resources and water pollution. The module will be enhanced by field studies and external  visits.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 96 - 112 points including A2 Biology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
GCE A level 96 - 112 points including A2 Biology or equivalent. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Possible entry to year 3
Foundation Degree Possible entry to year 3
Scottish Highers 96-112 points including Higher Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate 96-112 points including Higher Biology
International Baccalaureate 29 points with at least 1 science subject from Group 4

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor  before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

You should be interested in the study of animal life and their biological processes, the interactions of animals with one another and their environment as well as the behaviour of animals in general.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,000

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures which will offer information and illustrative application, presenting and exploring core ideas in the subject area surrounding zoological sciences.
  • Tutorials which will be directed student-centred and problem-based sessions, and provide the chance to discuss material taught in lectures and laboratory practical classes.
  • Practical classes which will provide demonstrations of techniques and methods used in zoology and provide you with a structured opportunity to acquire such techniques/methods and the chance to develop both individual and group-working skills.
  • Fieldwork which will enable you to further develop skills in team working; learn and put into action ecological techniques; enhance observational and species recognition skills and appreciate the ethical aspects of handling animals within their environments.
  • Research project which will allow you to practice the application of appropriate, selected techniques and methods used in zoology in an academic context, demonstrate research methodologies and acquire skills in the zoological field.

Assessment

Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.

Employability

Heather Wells, BSc Zoology graduate

Heather graduated with a first class degree having completed a 12 month placement in the Airway Pharmacology group at Wythenshawe hospital

What I enjoyed most about the course at Salford was the learning environment. The classes were much smaller than those I had experienced at a previous university, meaning it was a friendlier atmosphere in which to learn and make lots of friends. 

I think the course itself is really well structured, covering a broad range of subjects in relation to zoology, giving students a thorough background into the subject. I feel that it prepared me well to continue on to Master's level study.

Career Prospects

Zoology graduates can enter a wide range of vocations in biological or life sciences. These include careers related to zoological sciences training such as science communication and publishing, science administration, zoo work, wildlife conservation and management. Other graduates may go on to work in the pharmaceutical industries, agrochemicals or medical technology as well as research institutes, government agencies and as animal physiologists.

Links with Industry

We would encourage you to take a placement year, during which you do not pay tuition fees and the position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory

In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

Placement Opportunities

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. The position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

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