BSc (Hons)


This course is available in Clearing.

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Our BSc (Hons) Zoology course has gained recognition on the Society of Biology's degree recognition scheme.

Course overview

A search on the internet for 'famous zoologists' brings up Charles Darwin, Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, to name but a few of the people whose lives have been shaped by a desire to study and to understand the many and varied aspects of animal life.

Zoology is the study of animals. It is a broad discipline, ranging from invertebrate biology to vertebrate physiology, ecology and behaviour. To understand animal life, zoologists are also interested in related subjects such as cell biology and genetics. Undergraduates studying zoology at Anglia Ruskin have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as animal behaviour, ecology and conservation or wildlife biology.

Stephanie White

Zoology BSc (Hons), 2nd year

Being a new student who wasn't familiar with Cambridge, at first I was sceptical on how easy it would be to socialise. However, the vast amount of clubs and societies that Anglia Ruskin offers has provided me with a great opportunity to meet new people who share similar hobbies. The trips and tutor meetings within the course also helped to support this.

I'm now in my 2nd year of studying the course and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. Currently I am deciding upon my chosen dissertation question and am looking forward to researching it. I love how the course continues to challenge me, and the active style of teaching has continued to keep me captivated.
I have also been lucky enough to have been accepted on both a scuba diving trip to survey the coral reef in Egypt, as well as going to Holland to study zoo enclosures as part of the course later this year. These field courses will not only provide me with unforgettable experiences but also essential work experience which will later assist me in getting a job within animal research.

Module guide

Level 4 Core Modules
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Biomeasurement
  • British Wildlife and Conservation
  • Core Biology
  • Ecology
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
Level 5 Core Modules
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Practical Biology
  • Preparation for Research
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Biological Oceanography
Level 6 Core Modules
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Mammalogy
  • Undergraduate Project


This course uses a wide range of methods of assessment, including essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom or laboratory-based tests, reviews of scientific papers and examinations. The weighting of different assessment methods varies between modules and levels of study.

Study abroad options

The Department of Life Sciences has exchange agreements with the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and Marshall University, West Virginia, USA. Students taking Zoology may be able to take advantage of the exchange programme, subject to availability of suitable courses at the host university.

Special features

Field Trips - The Department of Life Sciences organises a wide range of one day and residential field trips to a variety of exciting locations both in the UK and abroad. Residential field trips currently include deer watching on the island of Rum, Scotland; marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecology and animal behaviour in Devon; seabirds and seals in the Farne Islands; marine biology in western Scotland; studying zoo design and management in the Netherlands; tropical wildlife and ecology in Kenya, and diving and marine biology in the Red Sea. (Note: residential field trips require a significant financial contribution from the student.)

Emma Burton

Zoology BSc (Hons), Year two student

Through module choices, my course will allow me to tailor it around marine biology. This will give me the necessary experience to work in this field.


As well as good teaching facilities, our department is fortunate to be located in Cambridge. The city provides a wealth of opportunities for attending lectures and visiting museums and libraries. Cambridge is increasingly becoming a world centre for the theory and practice of wildlife conservation, with prestigious organisations like Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre being based in the city. The Cambridge Natural History Society (established 1857) holds its meeting at Anglia Ruskin. We are corporate members of The Cambridge Conservation Forum and the Tropical Biology Association. If you are interested in captive animal behaviour, you can benefit from the animal facilities available at College of West Anglia at Milton in Cambridge.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Zoology graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Zoological Society of London and other professional organisations.

Work placements

Work placements do not normally form part of the Zoology BSc course at Anglia Ruskin, although many of our students undertake relevant voluntary work such as supporting their local wildlife trust.

Associated careers

Our Zoology course is designed to provide you with the specialised skills required to work professionally in a wide range of areas relating to the biology of animals. You will receive a very good general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory (or both!). Potential employers of Zoology graduates include zoos, government agencies, environmental consultancies, wildlife conservation organisations, and educational and research establishments. The course may also lead to further postgraduate study and a research career.

Previous Zoology graduates from Anglia Ruskin University have gone on to find jobs with the RSPB, with leading zoos, with local wildlife trusts and with fieldwork and research teams in locations ranging from Costa Rica to Africa.
Main requirements:
  • 240 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent), including a Pass in Biology
  • 3 GCSEs Grade C or above including GCSE English and Maths
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
Alternative qualifications accepted:
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management at grade Distinction, Merit, Merit (280 UCAS Tariff points) is accepted. Applicants must have also successfully completed specific modules, please contact the Admissions office at admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.
  • Access to HE Diplomas in one of the following subjects are accepted, 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade are required: Access Biological Science, Access Biological and Environmental Science, Access Combined Science, Access Environmental Science, Access Applied Science. Harlow College Access to HE Diploma: Life Science is also accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted, this must include Biology at Higher level
  • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted, this must include a Pass at Higher level in a related subject
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, this must include a Pass in a related subject
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, this must include a Pass in a related subject
  • The European Baccalaureate at a minimum overall grade of 60% is accepted, this must include Biology at Higher Level
  • HNC Qualifications in a related subject are accepted
  • HND Qualifications in a related subject are accepted
  • City and Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management with a final grade of Distinction. Applicants must have also successfully completed specific modules, please contact the Admissions office at admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.
For applicants who do not meet the standard entry tariff but have at least 120 UCAS points, a four-year (full-time) option is available.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

Please note all tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

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