School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
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.
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
- Learn about animals, the links between them and their environment
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the biology of animals
- Gain real-world experience through field trips and placements (including international)
This is for you if...
You are interested in the study of animal life and their biological processes
You want to know more about the interactions of animals with one another and their environment
You want the opportunity to gain work experience
All about the course
In year one you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological sciences. One highlight of year two is the opportunity to go on an excellent residential field trip at FSC Millport, Scotland for the Ocean Challenges module, which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.
This module focuses on the origins and diversity of living organisms (including humans), the environmental processes and their role in the generation of biodiversity.
Molecules to Microbes
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.
Genes to Ecosystems
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of basic genetics, evolution and population genetics and how these disciplines are relevant to wildlife studies. You will also look at how wildlife species interact with the ecosystems in which they live.
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.
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.
In this module you will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement and will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during year one and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge of the fundamental physiological principles underlying the function required for life in animals. This module will demonstrate how the physiology of different animal species has adapted to meet specific environmental and metabolic demands and so provide fundamentally similar function.
Introduction to Parasitology and Infectious Diseases
This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive 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 life cycles of protozoa and helminths of medical importance; vectors that transmit infectious agents and the internal and external factors that affect transmission of infectious diseases.
Zoological Research Skills
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 a 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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Ecology in Action
You will study the fundamental principles of population and community ecology, including the impact that factors such as competition, predation and parasitism may have on population size and community structure. This module also has a residential field course where students put theory into practice and conduct their own ecological studies.
This module will introduce you to the modern concepts of conservation biology at the level of species and populations, the existing tensions between theory and practice in species conservation planning, and an overview of the interdisciplinary toolbox used by conservation biologists (for example IT packages and DNA fingerprints). You will also be given the chance to design an appropriate conservation programme for a species or population, including the projection of future survival under varying scenarios.
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In this module you will learn about the challenges faced by the marine ecosystems and marine organisms. The module provides the you with the opportunity to engage in actual data collection and data analysis during a residential course (compulsory to the module). You will also look at contemporary environmental issues in marine biology. The module encourages you to adopt an investigative approach to ecological studies.
Primate Behaviour and Conservation
This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the structure and evolution of primate societies. You will look at the Primate Order, its distribution and the conservation priorities for primate species. You will gain an understanding of the ecological and demographic processes that underlie different types of social systems and an insight into the way in which evolutionary ecological, genetic and physiological analyses can facilitate this understanding.
Wildlife Behavioural Ecology
This module focuses on the principles of wildlife ecology and animal behaviour with particular reference to mammal and bird species. It also introduces scientific methods in the study of ecology and behaviour.
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.
University Wide Language Programme
This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.
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Final Year Project and Professional Skills
This dissertation module allows you to develop independent, experimental, investigative and analytical research skills as you conduct a substantial research project based around a specific aspect/topic in your relevant bioscience discipline area.
Final Year Project with Science Communication and Professional Skills
This dissertation module allows you to develop independent, investigative and analytical research skills while conducting research on topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. It further allows you to learn about science communication and the variety of ways in which science can be disseminated and communicated.
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Biology of Parasites
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.
Animal Cognition and Social Complexity
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.
Environmental Geographical Information Systems
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors controlling the design and implementation of GIS solutions to map, monitor and model terrestrial environments. You will also examine the major issues and impacts of GIS evolution and diffusion on society.
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Applied Freshwater Biology
This module aims to enable you to gain a knowledge and critical understanding of the biology and ecology of freshwater systems relevant to the water industry and related organisations which regulate and control pollution of the aquatic environment.
It also provides you with the necessary skills and techniques to undertake biological and chemical evaluation of water quality ecology, fish population and condition to apply these in novel situations to generate data for interpretation. In particular, you will be provided with the necessary laboratory skills to test water quality to the standards of the Water Framework Directive UK.
Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
This module explores the ecology and transmission of human and animal infectious diseases and their management.
Evolution, Development and Adaptation
This module looks at the way evolution has shaped both the development and adaptation of groups of animals to their environments.
Tropical Ecology and Conservation
This module is based round a 2-week field trip to a tropical biology field station. Students will learn concepts in, and approaches to, tropical ecology and conservation and biodiversity in tropical ecosystems. The module involves an independent research project in the field that will be written up as a scientific report.
University Wide Language
Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
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.
What will I be doing?
Teaching methods include lectures, practical classes, tutorials, fieldwork and a research project.
Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to half in year three. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.
You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.
As a zoology student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.
What about after uni?
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.
- MSc Parasitology
- PhD in Bioscience Research
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 two mark.
What you need to know
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.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
UCAS tariff points
104 - 112 UCAS points including A2 Biology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
104 - 112 UCAS points including A2 Biology or equivalent. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Possible entry to year 3
Possible entry to year 3
104 - 112 UCAS points including Higher Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate
104 - 112 UCAS points including Higher Biology
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology
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
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£15,600per year|
|Part-time||2021/22||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money.
International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. For the trip to Brazil (as part of the optional Tropical and Ecology module) there is a fee of about £600 and students need to pay for their own flights and visa
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Students on this course have previously benefitted from a scholarship to support their study and living costs. Visit the scholarships page for more information about available scholarships.
To celebrate Salford's expertise and industry links, high achieving international students may be eligible for an International Excellence Scholarship worth up to £3,500. Visit the international scholarships page for more information.
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Course ID C300
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