Immerse yourself in the lives and behaviour of animals on our Royal Society of Biology-recognised degree. You’ll study in a world-renowned centre of wildlife conservation, and get practical skills in our laboratories that you can apply on a range of field trips in the UK and abroad. This course has been validated to include an optional placement year in industry.
For more information about placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.
If you’re interested in a career exploring and understanding the lives of animals, you’ll be in good company – alongside Charles Darwin, Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough.
Zoology is closely connected to subjects such as cell biology and genetics. You could choose to specialise in areas such as animal behaviour, wildlife biology or ecology and conservation.
Field work is an important part of zoology. It’s a practical subject and we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practise both in the lab and the field. In your second year you’ll take a week-long field trip to north Devon to experience both marine and terrestrial zoology, the costs of which are included in your course fees. On our optional field trips you might experience rutting red deer on the island of Rum; marine biology in Scotland; world-class zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology overseas. You’ll need to pay for these optional trips.
Cambridge is becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, with Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre based here. You’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and visit specialist museums and libraries in the city. If you’re interested in captive animal behaviour, you can access the facilities at the College of West Anglia, Cambridge.
Our course is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology's degree-recognition scheme.
Our course will open up a world of professional careers relating to the biology of animals. You’ll have good general training as a scientist, so you could choose to work in the field, in the laboratory, or both – and anywhere in the world.
After graduating, you might work for a zoo, a government agency, an environmental consultancy, a wildlife conservation organisation, or an education or research establishment. Graduates of this course have gone to work for leading zoos, the RSPB, local wildlife trusts, the BBC Natural History Unit, and fieldwork and research teams in exciting places from Costa Rica to Africa.
We’ll encourage you to do voluntary or paid work at every opportunity will build your practical experience and help to attract employers. For example, you could support your local wildlife trust.
As a graduate of this course, you’ll be able to apply for membership of the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Society of Biology, and other professional organisations.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation and MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. Besides exams, these include essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom- or laboratory-based tests, and reviews of scientific papers.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Additional study information
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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Waterproof coat - £50
Wellingtons - £25
Waterproof trousers - £20
Poster printing - £20
Cost of printing dissertation/individual project
Isle of Rum field trip (optional) - £250
Additional module costs
Please check individual modules for additional field trip costs
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
We require a final grade of DMM in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
We require the following two compulsory units to be completed and at least six of the recommended units.
|Compulsory||Unit 02: Understand the Principles of Animal Biology|
|Compulsory||Unit 03: Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology|
|Recommended||Unit 01: Understand and Promote Animal Health|
|Recommended||Unit 07: Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector|
|Recommended||Unit 10: Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition|
|Recommended||Unit 11: Understand the Principles of Animal Nursing|
|Recommended||Unit 13: Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication|
|Recommended||Unit 16: Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology|
|Recommended||Unit 19: Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation|
|Recommended||Unit 20: Understand and Undertake Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation|
|Recommended||Unit 26: Fundamentals of Science|
|Recommended||Unit 28: Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation|
|Recommended||Unit 30: Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science|
|Recommended||Unit 32: Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics|
We required a final grade of DMM in the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
We require the following two compulsory units to be completed. Third option can be a free choice from the remainder below.
|Compulsory||Unit 315: Animal Nursing|
|Compulsory||Unit 318: Fundamentals of Science|
|Optional||Unit 310: Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry|
|Optional||Unit 311: Pet Store Design and Management|
|Optional||Unit 312: Animal Training|
|Optional||Unit 325: Pet Allied Services|
|Optional||Unit 326: Small Animal Rehabilitation|
|Optional||Unit 327: Kennel and Cattery Management|
|Optional||Unit 362: Undertake Estate Skills|
|Optional||Unit 364: Business Management in the Land-Based Sector|
Important additional notes
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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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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