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C301 MSci Zoology (4 years)

Discover how zoology can be applied to the key challenges affecting our planet today, from the effects of global warming on animal life, to the ecological impact of populations and animals, and the survival of endangered species.

This programme is ideal preparation for a broad variety of careers including laboratory or field-based research, jobs in conservation, and animal management.

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Introducing your course

Southampton’s MSci Zoology degree explores the full variety of animal life giving you advanced knowledge of the specialist field of zoology.

Our expertise stretches from evolution and behaviour to gene regulation, neuroscience, and development in a variety of animals.

Our unique link with world-renowned conservation charity – Marwell Wildlife, located only a few miles from our campus in Southampton - provides an opportunity to develop specific interests and expertise in zoology. You have the opportunity to carry out your final-year research project in collaboration with Marwell, or a number of other organisations in the UK or abroad. 

You will be taught by our expert lecturers and can also benefit from gaining extensive practical experience from a variety of field trips on offer in the UK, Spain and South America.

Zoology

This course provides broad training in the zoological sciences, while allowing you to select modules from other disciplines, including oceanography, computer sciences and languages. You will have the opportunity to specialise in cell/developmental or ecological/evolutionary zoology in years three and four. The fourth year includes an extensive individual research project adding to your research knowledge and skills.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

  • You will have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork in the UK, Spain and Belize
  • Wide variety of options for undertaking year three research project (e.g. lab work, fieldwork, communication, education or business)
  • Opportunity to study abroad at host universities in Australia, New Zealand and Europe
  • 100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF2014)
  • Flexible, interdisciplinary course, with opportunity to choose modules from other disciplines and change degree in year one

The National Student Survey 2018

  • We rank 9th for Teaching in Zoology among the relevant UK Higher Education Institutes
  • 100% of Zoology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things
  • 100% of Zoology students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting
Photo of Frances Mullany
The whole experience was absolutely insane and incredible at the same time – one of my biggest passions has always been wildlife presenting, Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham were huge idols off mine growing up, and so the opportunity to get a taste of that world was absolutely phenomenal. It was exciting to see the public engage with zoology and the wildlife around them, something that’s so important to me, and knowing that we made that happen was an amazing feeling.
Frances MullanyMSci Zoology, 2017

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).
GCE A-Level AAA including Biology and one further science subject.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.

Applicants who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results

A- level additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

A level science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

AA from 2 A levels including Biology and one further science subject and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

A level science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. General Studies, Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer

Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 points at Higher Level in Biology and one further science subject.

Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)

H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Biology and one further science subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016)

AAAAAA to include Biology and one further science subject.

Acceptable science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U offer

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D* in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)

D* in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma/ BTEC National Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject.

Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking

European Baccalaureate offer

82%-84% overall to include grade 8.5 in Biology and grade 8.5 in one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

International qualifications

Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE

We require grades A-C in English, Mathematics and Science. International students, whose first language is not English, must have already attained the necessary standard in English – see English Language Proficiency section below.

 GCE A-level

AAA (excluding general studies)

Biology must be offered at A-level along with at least one other A-level science subject

A-level Science subjects considered include:

A-level Biology 
Other science A-levels Chemistry
Physics
Mathematics
Psychology
Environmental Science
Geology
Geography

Alternative qualifications

Our admissions requirement is normally defined on the basis of A/AS levels, but an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is accepted.

We do offer entry through a one year Science Foundation programme designed to enable you to qualify for entry to Honours degree programmes in Biological Sciences if you have not studied the appropriate Science subjects at GCE A level or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.  It is particularly appropriate if you are a mature student or if you have obtained good grades in non-science A-levels.

We will also accept applications from candidates offering an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University including Scottish and Irish Highers, European and International Baccalaureate, Access and Foundation courses and overseas qualifications.

More information on the entry requirements for Biology can be found on the Biology webpage here - https://www.southampton.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/biology.shtml

English Language Proficiency

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Our minimum standard entry requirements are an IELTS Band C, i.e.

Overall Reading Writing Speaking Listening
6.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5


Information on all acceptable English Language Tests can be found on the University website:  www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions-language

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The University has a Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. It may be possible to recognise formal credit for learning you have acquired in the past through formal study and/or through work and other life experiences. Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Mature applicants

Studying for a degree later in life can be extremely rewarding and mature students are often among our most successful.
If you are over 21 and feel you would benefit from degree-level studies, we can be more flexible about our entry requirements. For full-time courses, selectors will expect you to demonstrate your commitment by means of some recent serious study, for example, one or two A level passes, successful completion of an Open University foundation course or an appropriate Access course. Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Another popular option is to follow a certificate or diploma programme. These are available on a part time basis and most can be taken in the evenings, enabling you to continue to earn an income while you are studying.

For further information, please contact our Admissions Team ugafnes@soton.ac.uk

Selection process:

Selection for this zoology degree is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The modules below provide an example of the typical course content for the Integrated Masters in Zoology degree. This constitutes a series of compulsory, core and optional modules amounting to eight modular units each academic year. Optional modules can be modules from outside the faculty, including Curriculum Innovation modules, and a language module, which can count towards your degree.

Students who have not taken A-level Chemistry are also able to take Introduction to Chemistry, which will provide sufficient background and insight into the subject for further studies.

Certain 2nd or 3rd year optional modules may require specified pre-requisites modules from previous years.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Select up to 1 module Please select 0 to 1 module from the following options:

FREE XX15 Part 1 Elective 15 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits

Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Please select 1 module from the following: Please select 0 to 1 module from the following highly recommended modules:

BIOL1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Select 1 modules Please select 1 module from the following:- Please do NOT select any modules you have taken previously. Please remember when choosing your optional modules you should carefully consider prerequisites required for modules you may wish to take in Part 3 (Year 3). Please also ensure that you select an even split of credits overall by Semester including your compulsory modules

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from these highly recommended modules:-

BIOL2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:-

BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject BIOL ("Biology")

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:-

ARCH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREE XY15 Part 2 Elective 15 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:- BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject BIOL ("Biology")

Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Select 1 - 2 modules You must select 3 optional modules in total Select 1 or 2 modules from the following:-

BIOL2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Select 1 modules Please select 1 module from the following:- Please do NOT select any modules you have taken previously. Please remember when choosing your optional modules you should carefully consider prerequisites required for modules you may wish to take in Part 3 (Year 3). Please also ensure that you select an even split of credits overall by Semester including your compulsory modules

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from these highly recommended modules:- Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:-

BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject BIOL ("Biology")

ENVS2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREE XY15 Part 2 Elective 15 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from these highly recommended modules:-

BIOL2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:-

BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject BIOL ("Biology")

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:-

FREE XY15 Part 2 Elective 15 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits

PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Semester One
Optional

Select 6 modules from the following groups: Please select a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 modules from these highly recommended modules:

BIOL3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3067Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 of these BIOL NQF Level 6 modules (for example BIOL3XXX), excluding those you have chosen from Group 1: BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF6 module in subject BIOL ("Biology") BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF6 module in subject BIOL ("Biology")

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 modules (30 credits) from the following: If choosing a LANGXX15 module you must select Language Competency Level 4 or above.

FREE XZ15 Part 3 Elective 15 Credits FREE XZ15 Part 3 Elective 15 Credits FREE XZ30 Part 3 Elective 30 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits LANG XX30 Language Module 30 Credits

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:

UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional

Select 6 modules from the following groups: Please select a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 modules from these highly recommended modules:

BIOL3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3056Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3068Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3070Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 of these BIOL NQF Level 6 modules (for example BIOL3XXX), excluding those you have chosen from Group 1:

BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF6 module in subject BIOL ("Biology") BIOL ---- A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF6 module in subject BIOL ("Biology")

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 modules (30 credits) from the following: If choosing a LANGXX15 module you must select Language Competency Level 4 or above. FREE XZ15 Part 3 Elective 15 Credits FREE XZ15 Part 3 Elective 15 Credits FREE XZ30 Part 3 Elective 30 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits LANG XX15 Language Module 15 Credits LANG XX30 Language Module 30 Credits

Please select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 module from the following:

PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 4

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL6073Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Please select 7.5 credits from the following:

BIOL6055Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5

Select 30 credits from the following:

BIOL6010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6066Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6074Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please select one module from the following:

BIOL6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
BIOL6069Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL6053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Please select 7.5 credits from the following:

BIOL6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5

Select 30 credits from the following:

BIOL6028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please select one module from the following:

BIOL6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
BIOL6069Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
ZoologyMSci2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
ZoologyMSci2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingCoursework such as essays; projects; dissertations may be submitted on line. In the majority of cases, though, students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. Students entering Year 1 in 2015/16 will be given a printing allowance of £3 per 7.5 ECTS BIOL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts (except BIOL1001 as there is nothing to print out). Practical handouts and module guides will be provided by the university. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory and field equipment and materials: All materials required for laboratory or field work are provided. Where necessary, suitable specialist safety equipment will be provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses - All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense. The Students Union Shop stock these items.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
FieldworkAccommodation, insurance (travel/health), travel costs, immunisation/vaccination costs and other: For compulsory residential fieldcourses accommodation and travel are normally provided though where necessary, you will be expected to cover the cost of getting to and from the departure point which may be an airport. You are usually expected to cover the costs of food and drink, although some courses may include meals. For optional fieldcourses, you may be asked to make a contribution to the travel and/or accommodation costs. Undergraduates are automatically covered under the University’s travel insurance whilst on organised and supervised fieldcourses. Those travelling independently in connection with their programme can be included under the University’s travel insurance upon application – there may be a cost attached to this. There are also opportunities to undertake fieldcourses with another organisation, e.g. Operation Wallacea – for example see here: http://opwall.com/undergrad-research-assistants/dates-and-prices/ Where necessary students will need to arrange and pay for any vaccinations. Specific details on what additional costs there are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of the relevant programme.
PlacementsStudents who choose to go on an industrial placement at the end of Part 2 can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
OtherParking costs: There may be a requirement to undertake work at Southampton General Hospital (SGH), for example during a research project. Students may need to cover costs for transport to travel to SGH or for car parking.
OtherStudents who opt to undertake a module delivered at Marwell Wildlife will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

The course

You will be helped to acquire skills through all aspects of the formal teaching programme. In years 1 and 2 this will mainly be through tutorial and coursework, whilst in year 3 your project work will enable you to further develop and practice many of the individual skills in one specific area of zoology. Year 4 will include an extend laboratory or field based research project which will further your interests, skills and knowledge in a specific area of zoology. In addition, tutorial support will be available throughout your degree programme.

As a leading zoology university our research is relevant to your undergraduate course because you will be taught by people who are experts in the subjects that they teach. This is especially important for science subjects, where knowledge is advancing rapidly. This is particularly relevant for your final year.

The tutorial system

Every student on MSci Zoology is assigned a personal tutor when they start their university degree. Your course tutor changes every semester, but your personal tutor will stay the same throughout your time here. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see him/her three or four times a term in the first year, for academic as well as pastoral support. He or she is accessible throughout your time in Southampton.

Administration

On this zoology degree we have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for undergraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.

Programme leader: Dr A Marchant

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study28%27%14%11%
Independent study72%73%86%89%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment52%67%37%18%
Practical exam assessment29%8%56%68%
Coursework assessment19%25%7%14%

Study Locations

The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

The Life Sciences building is a £50 million state-of-the-art laborator...Find out more

Marwell Wildlife

Marwell Wildlife

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Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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