Edinburgh Napier University Zoology

Edinburgh Napier University Zoology

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Gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career in wildlife conservation by exploring how animals adapt to their environment and interact with each other.

BSc (Hons)Animal Biology

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Course introduction

Please note this course is now only available for direct entry from year 2 onwards. 

Animal Biology introduces the diversity of animals, their form and function. You’ll study how animals have evolved and adapted to different environments in terms of their ecology, behaviour and physiology. You’ll learn how this knowledge can be put to use to guide conservation and understand the impacts of pollution and climate change on animals.

Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside is rich in biodiversity and you’ll visit local sites of scientific interest gaining valuable fieldwork experience, as well as going on a residential trips including to the Algarve.

You’ll leave equipped with a range of skills for a career in animal conservation or management, including species identification, field surveying techniques and collection and analysis of biological data or you could continue on to postgraduate stud

Edinburgh Napier University Zoology

What you’ll learn

You’ll gain a solid foundation in the biological sciences but specialise in the study of the rich diversity of animals, from species on the bottom of the ocean to those in your back garden.

You’ll discover how studies in animal behaviour, ecology, physiology and evolution help us to understand animals in their natural environment. You’ll explore the main environmental threats faced by animals, how to assess their habitats and appreciate the many ways to enact effective conservation.

You’ll get hands-on fieldwork experience, including residential field trips to the Isle of Cumbrae and the Algarve. Your learning is also supported by internationally recognised research and you’ll get the opportunity to conduct your own research project, benefitting from the knowledge of our diverse staff and links with external organisations.