School - School of Environment & Life Sciences
Subject area - Biology and Zoology
UCAS Code: C300
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with a placement year
Up to six years part-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £12,300 per year
- 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
- Overall student satisfaction for this course is 100% (NSS 2017)
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology*
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 modest 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.
*This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
"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."
Laura Bennett, BSc Zoology graduate
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In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological sciences.
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.
- critical evaluation of research-based literature
- understanding experimental techniques and design
- data interpretation, analysis and presentation
- dissertation writing and presentation.
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.