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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 undergraduate courses in the School of Biological Sciences)

How to apply

Apply through  UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the programmes offered by the School of Biological Sciences. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

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 the Faculty 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.

NB: Due to a change in the organisational structure of the University, this course as of August 2016 this course will be in the new School of Biological Sciences within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. In the interim period, you will be redirected to the current Faculty of Life Sciences webpages for further details on this course.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year, in which Biological Sciences take part.

Open days

The School of Biological Sciences also operates School/campus tours which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who will can tell you all about the School and 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 Sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.To book, please contact the School of Biological Sciences Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email  


Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.

Additional expenses

Contribution to fieldwork costs


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Academic department overview

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