Zoology - Extended Four Year Degree

BSc (Hons)


This course is available in Clearing.

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.

Course overview

The first year of this extended degree provides you with a broad-ranging science course in preparation for more specialist study.

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, natural history or wildlife biology.

Find out what it's really like to be a student on our BSc (Hons) Extended Zoology by reading Miranda Oliver's student blog.

Module guide

Level 3 Core Modules
  • Biological Principles
  • Core Skills 1
  • Core Skills 2
  • Chemical Principles Part One
  • Chemical Principles Part Two
  • Foundation Biology
  • Foundation Mathematics
Level 4 Core Modules
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Biomeasurement
  • British Wildlife and Conservation
  • Core Biology
  • Ecology
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Introduction to Marine Biology
Level 5 Core Modules
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Practical Biology
  • Preparation for Research
  • Vertebrate Biology
Level 6 Core Modules
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Mammalogy
  • Undergraduate Project


The 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 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.)


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

The 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:
  • 120 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent)
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including 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:
  • Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted
  • The European Baccalaureate at a minimum overall grade of 60% is accepted
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 we do not accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they are combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

International applicants

This course is not available for international applicants.

How to apply

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4 Years

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This course is available to UK & EU applicants only

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3 December (Cambridge)
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