University of Birmingham Zoology

University of Birmingham Zoology

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University of Birmingham Zoology Overview

Zoology is the study of animal life across all levels of organisation; from the evolution and adaptations of whole organisms to the activities of animal cells and the biochemical processes that maintain them.

In recent years the development of new technologies has opened new avenues to study collective behaviour of animals in the wild as well as understanding the cellular and molecular foundations of animal biology.

This course builds on the BSc Biological Sciences course and allows you focus increasingly on  modules covering various aspects of animal biology and zoology. This includes evolution, animal behaviour and ecology.

Ranked in the world top 100

Almost 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation and we rank 3rd for graduate employability in the Russell Group Universities. Our graduates work in diverse careers such as medicine, conservation, agriculture and more.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
Typical offer:
Required subjects and grades:
A level Biology/Human Biology and a second science°. Minimum of five GCSEs to include Mathematics, English and double award science at grade C

°Subjects accepted as ‘second science’:

  • For 2017 entry: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, ICT, Mathematics, PE, Psychology, Sports Science
  • For 2018 entry: Chemistry, Mathematics (or Further Mathematics or Statistics), Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology

Specified subjects excluded for entry: General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, Applied Science, Communication and Culture, Critical Studies, Global Perspectives, Science in Society, Use of Maths and World Development.

Additional information:

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with sufficient Biology and Chemistry content is only accepted when combined with an A level in a required subject. Grades D*D*D* required in addition to grade B in a required subject A level.

BTEC Diploma accepted when combined with two acceptable A levels.