Studying Biology and Wildlife at Salford

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Thank you for choosing a biology or wildlife-based course at Salford as a study choice. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make your decision.

To help you make your choice, we’ve got some more information about studying biology and wildlife at Salford, including a look ahead to your first year of study.

Remember, if you have any questions about your application, you can email our friendly team at or call us on 0161 295 4545.

First year snapshots

Get a glimpse of first year life as a biology and wildlife student.

Explore the modules you will take, how your weekly timetable might look, plus more about what it's like to study at Salford.

>> Biology, Zoology and Marine Biology

>> Wildlife Conservation Courses

>> Human and Natural Sciences with Foundation Year


Does my course include any field trips?

Many of our courses include both local and international field trips, so you can put your knowledge into practice and gain real-world context for your assignments. Hear about some of the field trips BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology student Lori went on as part of her course, and how she found her time at Salford. 

Read Lori's blog >>

How much time will I spend in the labs?

Each week, your learning will be split between practical lab sessions where you will learn to use the equipment and carry out your own research projects, and taught lectures which will give you the theoretical knowledge needed in each module. 

Is there an option to specialise my learning?

Yes. In both your second and third year, you will be able to select from a range of modules, creating a programme which caters to your interests and can provide specialist knowledge. More information on the elective modules available for your course will be listed on each individual course page on our website.

Where have students done their placements in the past?

With a huge number of relevant work placements available around the world, students across our biology and wildlife courses have secured placements with a variety of organisations, with many completing multiple placements throughout their time at university. Hear from BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology student Laura, and BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Practical Conservation student Evie about their placement experiences.

Read Evie's blog >>

Watch Laura's video >>

What careers will be open to me when I graduate?

Each of our biology and wildlife courses will prepare you for a range of vocational careers in either biological or life sciences, within environmental consultancies or zoos. Our alumni have progressed into a variety of job roles including marine scientist, conservation officer, ecologist, research assistant, nano-technologist, wildlife ranger, and university lecturer. Hear about BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology graduate Gemma's role with Thailand Elephants, and how her degree helped her get there. 

Watch Gemma's video >>

What will my timetable in first year look like?

Your timetable will consist of ten hours of lectures each week (two-hour slots) and an additional five hours of other activities such as tutorials, lab classes (more in Zoology) and field trips (more in Wildlife Conservation but also in Marine Biology). In the first two years of the course we try and keep Wednesdays free from teaching. Detailed day-to-day timetables will become communicated at the start of the course.

Are there any recommended books for the course?

The core text for the first year is Life: The Science of Biology by David Sadava - it is available online or you may be eligible for the Salford Inspire scheme which helps provide support for your studies (so you may want to wait until you get here to buy it). For zoo biology more specifically we recommend an Introduction to Zoo Biology and Management by P.A. Rees (one of the lecturers on our course!).



Experience an immersive learning approach, enriched with laboratory experiments, field trips and placements


Choose to include an industrial placement year between years two and three to boost your future employability


Benefit from research-informed teaching led by academic staff engaged in wildlife and fisheries management, socio-biology and sustainability research

Our Facilities

As a biology and wildlife student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories. So, we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in some of the best around.

Our newly refurbished and well-equipped, purpose-built Bodmer Lab ensures that you benefit from using the latest technologies, and that your learning remains on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Need more general information?

If you have any questions, you can contact our friendly team at, or by phone on +44 (0)161 295 4545.

You can also join our Facebook group - a space to meet other applicants planning to join Salford in September.