What Is a Zoology Degree?
Graduates of zoology can work in many different fields: research, veterinary science or education. Most commonly however, zoologists work at the forefront of conservation. They study animals of all shapes and sizes, in some of the most diverse and interesting places.
What will I study?
You will learn about animal behaviour, ecology and conservation. Students learn about microscopic organisms, whole ecosystems and everything in between. You will study anatomy and physiology, and develop rigorous research skills. You will spend much of your time learning in the field; conducting your own studies and observing conservation schemes. Towards the end of your studies, you will narrow your studies to concentrate on an area of zoology which is of interest to you, for example: herpetology, ecology or entomology.
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During your first year, you will study introductory modules into vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as ecology and conservation. You will undertake core modules in genetics and evolution which are both classroom- and field-work based. Students will start to study research skills and methods straight away. You will be given the opportunity to conduct your own field research at the end of the first term.
In the second year, you will study two core modules in data analysis and ecology. Your data collection and analysis skills will continue to grow. During the second term, you will start to specialise into areas that interest you most. These may include marine biology, evolutionary science or environmental change. You will undertake a large piece of field work into your area of interest, and will have the option to undertake this field work abroad if you wish.
For your final year you will choose modules which allow you to pursue your areas of interest. You will be required to submit a large research project at the end of your third year, which will be undertaken abroad and overseen by an expert supervisor. Locations for this field work include Borneo, Galapagos Islands or Alaska. There are optional employability and work-skills modules which students can take, too.
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