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BSc Zoology with Industrial/Professional Experience / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
4 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA-ABB.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of our biological and biomedical sciences courses. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

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Course description

Zoology, the study of animal life, aims to understand the behaviour, structure and evolution of animals, using a wide range of approaches, from genes, to molecular and cellular biology, through physiological processes and anatomy, to whole animals, populations and their ecology.

You will study fundamental concepts in Biological Sciences in the first year before going on to study more specialised Zoology topics in your second and final years. You will spend your third year on a placement with one of our partner organisations in the UK or overseas. Field studies form an important part of our teaching and you will attend four field courses (two in the first year, two in the second year), including the possibility of visiting South Africa and Ecuador.

Student satisfaction across is excellent - overall, our courses scored an average of 93% compared to the national average of 84%, but we work hard to continually improve the student experience in consultation with our students. We have recently implemented new initiatives which we are confident will have a direct positive impact on students studying Zoology. In addition we have undertaken a refurbishment of our library and student common room, as well as a new electronic marking system to speed up both the quality and turnaround time on marking of written assignments. 

Most jobs in the Zoology sector, such as ecology, conservation and research in the field, are very competitive and require applicants to have undertaken significant relevant work experience, which is sometimes gained on a voluntary basis and/or postgraduate study. Some students gain work experience alongside their undergraduate studies but others complete it after graduation, when they are able to work on a full time basis. This explains why a relatively low proportion of Zoologists are employed in professional or managerial roles six months after graduation, when directly compared to other subject areas.

This programme has been accredited by the Society of Biology and is currently the only Plant Science course in the country to be recognised in this way. Accreditation is awarded to programmes that demonstrate the highest standards in the biosciences and provide graduates with the skills for academic and industry careers.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

Contribution to fieldwork costs


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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