Overall satisfaction with this course was 93% (Source: NSS 2015)
Opportunities for field courses and a placement year during which you can gain work experience (including overseas)
Be taught by staff who are active Zoology researchers
This course will give you 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.
The course will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of zoological science. Practical training (including a broad range of field trips available in the UK) will equip you with many of the subject- specific, personal and practical skills that you will need for your future career.
Zoology is the study of the biology of animals. You will learn all about the biological processes, their behaviour, and how they interact with their environment.
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.
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.
|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|
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
You should be interested in the study of animal life and their biological processes, the interactions of animals with one another and their environment and the behaviour of animals.
You will learn through:
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.
Zoology graduates 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 go on to work in the pharmaceutical industries, agrochemicals or medical technology as well as research institutes, government agencies and as animal physiologists.
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 quite well structured, covering a broad range of subjects in relation to zoology, giving students a thorough background into the subject. This has undoubtedly well prepared me to begin my Masters course in September in Animal Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan and left me with many good memories of the University."
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.
|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.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with a placement year
Up to six years part-time