From world-class zoos to wildlife in Africa, you’ll explore and understand the lives of animals on this Cambridge-based course. Take part in cutting-edge research in our specialist labs, closely linked to Cambridge University, and study animal behaviour in marine and terrestrial systems in the field. Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, this course offers an optional placement year, giving you both the scientific training and practical skills for a career in zoos, wildlife conservation or environmental consultancy.
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.
You can choose to take an optional placement year as part of your degree.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
We’ll encourage you to do voluntary or paid work at every opportunity to build your practical experience and help to attract employers. For example, you could support your local wildlife trust.
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.
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 & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. 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 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
Field trips that are a compulsory part of your course have no additional cost. Optional residential field trips have an additional cost, as indicated below. You may be eligible for a grant to cover the costs of optional field trips.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. 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.
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 Distinction in the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
We require you to have studied at least ten of the following modules. Some of these will be compulsory on your City and Guilds course.
|Recommended||Unit 3202: Undertake and Review Work-Related Experience in the Land-Based Industries|
|Recommended||Unit 303: Animal Health and Husbandry|
|Recommended||Unit 304: Animal Feeding and Nutrition|
|Recommended||Unit 305: Animal Behaviour and Communication|
|Recommended||Unit 306: Biological Systems of Animals|
|Recommended||Unit 307: Animal Welfare and Breeding|
|Recommended||Unit 308: Wildlife and Ecology Conservation|
|Recommended||Unit 309: Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation|
|Recommended||Unit 315: Animal Nursing|
|Recommended||Unit 316: Zoological Collections|
|Recommended||Unit 318: Fundamentals of Science|
|Recommended||Unit 319: Inheritance and Genetics|
|Recommended||Unit 320: Chemistry for Biology Technicians|
|Recommended||Unit 321: Cell Biology and Genetics|
|Recommended||Unit 322: Biochemistry and Microbiology|
|Recommended||Unit 324: Science Investigation and Report Writing|
|Recommended||Unit 328: Ecological Concepts and Application|
|Recommended||Unit 329: Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation|
|Recommended||Unit 367: Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-Based Sector|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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 postgraduate 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, full-time with placement year undergraduate (3 years, 4 year extended, 4 years with placement)
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