University of Sheffield Zoology

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University of Sheffield Zoology




UCAS Code: C300
Typical offer: 
Three years


UCAS Code: C309
Typical offer: AAA
Four years


Zoology spans invertebrates, birds, fish, humans and other mammals: how they evolved, how they behave, and how they respond to global change. You’ll gain lots of scientific skills as you study everything from an animal’s genetic make-up to its behaviour and interactions among species, applying Darwinian principles and the latest DNA techniques.

You’ll take compulsory modules designed to give you specialist zoology knowledge and the essential skills that every professional scientist needs, plus a range of optional modules. You can study:

  • how animal populations are affected by disease and competition
  • how genes help animals adapt to extreme environments
  • why there are so many more insects than mammals
  • strategies for conserving endangered species

You’ll spend the first week of your first term on a field trip in Sheffield, working on projects throughout the city’s green spaces and out to the edge of the Peak District. You’ll continue to develop your scientific research skills with practical sessions in our specialist teaching laboratories throughout your first and second year. We also run regular field trips to zoos, aquariums and nature reserves, and in our second year module, Talking the Talk: Getting Science on Film, students get to make their own wildlife documentaries.


Between second and third year, you’ll go on a field course, either overseas or here in the UK. We give you a choice of fascinating habitats to explore, from dramatic landscapes in remote corners of the globe, to complex ecosystems operating right under our noses.

Field courses

In third year, you’ll tie your scientific skills together with an in-depth research project and dissertation. If you do one of our four-year research-intensive MBiolSci degrees, you’ll get to do an even bigger project in fourth year.

Research projects

Degree with Employment Experience

If you’re doing one of our three-year BSc degrees, you can join the University of Sheffield’s Degree with Employment Experience programme and do a year-long work placement between your second and third year. This makes the degree four years long, rather than three.

Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience, for instance: BSc Biology with Employment Experience.

Our students have done their placements at organisations that include:

  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Cadbury (Mondelēz International)
  • Food and Environment Research Agency
  • Kew Gardens
  • Newquay Zoo
  • Transport for London
  • West Yorkshire Police (Forensics)
  • Centre for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning (Flamingo Land and the University of York)
  • EMEC Ecology