Undergraduate courses

Zoology

Biological Testimonial
When I graduated with a degree in zoology everyone would ask if I was going to work in zoos! Within 2 years I was working with London Zoo and I have worked with zoos ever since. I now work with a network of zoos in SE USA including Disney's Animal Kingdom, Jacksonville Zoo and Palm Beach Zoo.
Dr Linda Penfold

Overview

Our programme puts all aspects of animal life under the microscope, from sub-cellular level to ecosystems, combining traditional Zoology and contemporary Biology in an exciting and rewarding course for 21st-century scientists. You can complete your final-year project as a member of one of our research groups or at Hull’s award-winning submarium, The Deep. Placements in industry or in schools provide you with career insights. Optional subsidised dive training and field trips in the UK provide a wider perspective of the animal kingdom.

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. Zoology teaching at Hull has earned an outstanding reputation; our staff received a 100% rating for being 'good at explaining things' in the National Student Survey 2014.

Study

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

The second year includes the core modules Professional and Research Skills for Biologists, Evolutionary Ecology, and Physiology of Animals as well as a choice of modules for your specialisation such as Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioural Ecology, or Biology of the Cell.

Your final year includes 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 study from a range of advanced modules which include Sensory Physiology, Fisheries and Conservation, and the Biological Impacts of Man.

Entry

  • Three A levels: 300 tariff points (including: Grade B Biology, plus preferably another science subject)
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass a suitable science based Diploma (merits may be required in certain units)

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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Features

  • You will study in the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Science and have access to some of the best facilities available. Over the last few years, £10m has been spent upgrading our teaching laboratories, research facilities and equipment including a state-of-the-art Genome Analysis Suite.
  • Field work is a key part of your studies; you will benefit from free core field trips in the UK. The Yorkshire coastline, the Humber Estuary and the North Yorkshire Moors are all on our doorstep.
  • You also have the chance to conduct overseas field work at locations that include Mallorca, Brazil or diving in tropical environments such as Cuba.
  • You can choose to receive subsidised scuba dive training by opting for the popular dive training free elective.

Careers

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 consultant, microbiologists and diving related positions. Others go into a diverse range of careers with employers such as ConocoPhillips, RB, the civil service, Boots, various hospitals, the Environment Agency, Natural England, wildlife trusts, conservation agencies, or the pharmaceutical industry.

Many students have also stayed on for higher degrees both at masters and PhD level.

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