BSc Zoology with a Modern Language / Overview
Year of entry: 2017
- Degree awarded
- BSc (Hons)
- 4 years
- Typical A-level offer
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher level, normally Biology and Chemistry.
For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level.
- 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.
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 the Life Sciences in the first year before going on to study more specialised Zoology topics in your second and final years. The third year of this four year programme is the language placement year, during which students complete a project in a research institution in a country that speaks their chosen language. It is possible to study this programme with French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese. 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 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 Zoology 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.
The University runs several open days per year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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