BSc (Hons)

Part-time study available
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3 good reasons to study Zoology at Salford


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

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

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.

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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.
This module introduces the concepts of animal behaviour with a specific emphasis on primates. It related behavior to conservation.
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.

Year 3

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.
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.

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
GCE A level 96 - 112 points including A2 Biology or equivalent
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 28 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

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one component
  • ESOL Skills for Life Level 2/Certificate in Advanced English/Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)

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 and the behaviour of animals.


You will learn through:

  • Lectures will offer information and illustrative application; and present and explore core ideas in the subject area surrounding zoological sciences.
  • Tutorials 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 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 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 will allow you to practise 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 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.


Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

Heather Wells, 2011 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 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."

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

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

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.