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Zoology BSc
Zoology BSc

Zoology BSc

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

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English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training), Overall - 6.0, Listening - 5.5 or above, Reading - 5.5 or above, Speaking - 5.5 or above, Writing - 6.0 or above

  • TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition (online)

  • The University accepts MyBest scores for the TOEFL iBT test in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date: Overall – 78,

  • TOEFL DI code is 0818, Listening - 17 or above, Reading - 18 or above, Speaking - 20 or above, Writing - 21 or above

  • Cambridge B2 First or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency, Overall – 169, Listening - 162 or above, Reading - 162 or above, Speaking - 162 or above, Writing - 169 or above

  • Duolingo English Test (online from July 2019): Overall 105, Accepted for September 2022 entry, Accepted for January 2023 entry only if offer issued by 31 May 2022,

  • Minimum of 90 in the sub scores for literacy, conversation, comprehension and production

  • LanguageCert Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) Communicator B2, Online, Listening - 33 or above, Reading - 33 or above, Speaking - 33 or above, Writing - 33 or above

  • PTE Academic, Overall - 59 or above,  Listening - 59 or above, Reading - 59 or above, Speaking - 59 or above, Writing  - 59 or above

  • Trinity ISE – Trinity Integrated Skills in English, Pass overall at ISE II with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.

Course Information

Are you looking for a degree in animal science that is flexible and offers a choice of courses from animal behaviour, ecology, conservation, evolution, and physiology?

Zoology is the study of all animal life; from primitive microscopic malaria-causing protozoa to large advanced mammals, across all environmental spheres from red deer in mountain forests to dolphins in deep oceans, and from underground burrowing voles to golden eagles in the skies. Some of these animals are useful to us and we nurture them as pets or livestock; some are serious pests or disease-causing; and some are simply splendid and awe-inspiring. No matter what our relation with the animals, we need to understand their behaviour, population dynamics, physiology and the way they interact with other species and their environments. That is Zoology!

The degree programme at Aberdeen provides you with a strong foundation in biological sciences, principles and methodologies, while providing you with expertise in zoology. Your courses include topics in animal diversity and evolution, behaviour, population ecology, physiology, parasitology, zoonotic diseases, marine biology and conservation management taught by lecturers who are world-leaders in their areas of zoology.

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Year 1

In year 1 you will complete eight courses. Some of these are compulsory courses and you will also choose optional elective courses from a wide range of options within the University.

Compulsory Courses

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

  • Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009)

  • Diversity of Life 1 (BI1012)

  • Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511)

  • Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512)

  • The Cell (SM1501)

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2

In year 2 you will complete compulsory and elective courses. Popular elective courses are Conservation Biology, Ocean Biology, Genes & Evolution or courses relating to Biomedical Science, Plant Science or Geography.

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Genetics (BI2023)

  • Comparative Physiology 1 (BI2524)

  • Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018)

  • Ecology (BI2020)

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice, plus one of the field courses listed below:

  • Littoral and Sublittoral Marine Biology Field Course (BI25F8)

    • Parasitology (BI25F3)

    • Coastal Biodiversity (BI25F2)

    • Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology Field Course (BI25F1)

    • Field Biology (BI25F6)

  • Year 3

In year 3, in addition to compulsory courses, popular optional course choices include Animal Behaviour, Animals in Captivity, Marine Ecology and Ecosystems, Biology and Control of Infectious Diseases and Applied Marine Biology.

Compulsory Courses

  • Comparative Physiology 2 (BI3512)

    • Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010)

    • Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (ZO3011)

    • Gateway to Honours Project (BI3511)

Optional Courses

Select a further 75 credit points from courses of choice, at least 45 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences at level 3.

Year 4

In year 4, the Honours year, you will carry out a research project as well as writing an extended essay and completing advanced courses of your choosing.

Compulsory Courses

  • SBS Honours Project (BI4016)

Optional Courses

Select 75 credit points from courses of choice, at least 30 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences at level 4.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

We are committed to the career progression of our students and we collaborate with the University’s Careers and Employability Service to ensure that you have numerous opportunities to explore career options, develop your employability and connect with employers.

  • The expertise and support of a dedicated careers professional who is a specialist in the types of careers and further study undertaken by Biological Science students.

  • A mentoring scheme run by the Careers and Employability Service linking current students with professional mentors.

  • An annual volunteering fair to connect students with appropriate organisations in conservation and the environment.

  • The exploration of possible careers and the development of employability from week 1, via the mandatory “Frontiers of Science” and PD1002 careers course.

  • One to one appointments to discuss students’ options, provide practical support around internships, placements and part time work and provide support for effective applications and interviews.

  • Regular opportunities through the “speed careering” programme for current students to meet and learn from Biological Sciences graduates.

  • Employer input to the design of the curriculum and in talks to students about career opportunities.

  • A university-wide co-curriculum programme aimed at developing key employability skills sought by employers.

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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