Biological and Environmental Science


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About the course

Our Zoology programme explores all aspects of animal life, from sub-cellular level to ecosystems, combining traditional zoology and contemporary biology in an exciting and rewarding course for 21st-century scientists. Field study is an integral part of the programme which includes opportunities for residential field courses in locations including Scotland, Mallorca, Malaysia and Brazil, as well as day-to-day fieldwork opportunities which allow you to put the theory you learn into practice. Students have the opportunity to train as scuba divers to PADI Advanced Open Water level within the Dive Training module. Placements in industry or in schools, as well as the possibility to complete your final-year project in one of our research groups or at Britain's only submarium, The Deep in Hull, provide you with valuable career insights.

Specialisation is a major feature of our programme, allowing you to choose a zoological area tailored to your career goals such as conservation biology, animal behaviour, evolutionary genetics or physiology. Your learning experience is underpinned by research active academics, hands-on experience of modern lab and field research techniques, excellent facilities and a supportive setting. The option of a foundation year is ideal if you do not have a strong enough background in biology to meet our direct entry requirements for the full BSc course.


Foundation Year

For those who do not have a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc course, a foundation year provides a foundation of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, while developing a reflective and adaptive approach to study. You learn through a mix of formal study, discussion and practical experience.

Year 1

In your first year, you study key concepts and learn key skills through modules including Biodiversity • Ecology • Evolution • Cell Biology • Genetics and Skills for Biological Sciences.

Year 2

The second year includes the core modules Professional and Research Skills for Biologists and Animal Form and Function as well as a choice of modules for your specialisation such as Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioural Ecology or Geographical Information Systems.

Year 3

Your final year includes residential field studies, an optional placement in industry, and a research project which you can complete as a member of one of the faculty's research groups or at Hull's award-winning submarium, The Deep. You will also choose from a range of advanced modules which include Wildlife Management, Sensory Physiology of Animals, Insect Biology and Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation, and Biomechanics.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, including A level Biology at Grade C or above. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher


Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Our degree provides a broad base for careers in conservation, environmental and wildlife management, human and veterinary sciences, animal ecology and behaviour, the media, scientific journalism, teaching and research.

Many of our graduates go into successful careers as professional biologists, laboratory officers, environmental consultants, microbiologists and diving related positions. Others go into a diverse range of careers with employers such as ConocoPhillips, RB, the Environment Agency, Natural England, wildlife trusts, and conservation agencies.

Many students have also stayed on to study for higher degrees at both Masters and PhD level.