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BSc (Hons) Zoology

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Immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of zoology, ready for a career caring for and conserving animal life. Explore a range of subjects within animal health, behaviour, ecology and conservation.

This degree provides a fantastic opportunity for you to study a range of zoological disciplines, building on knowledge you have gained in your previous studies. You can study how animals learn, how zoos contribute to conservation, how disease spreads through wildlife populations and much more. You’ll have the opportunity undertake your own research project, during which you can make use of our laboratories as well as with different animals both on and off campus including exotics, domestics, invertebrates, livestock and wildlife. You could study animals in our Walled Animal Garden, home to meerkats, prairie dogs and our giant Sulcata in the new tortoise enclosure, plus our reptile rooms, aviaries, an orchard paddock, and equine and livestock centres.

The course offers a variety of modules, including Wildlife Management and Conservation Genetics, Biodiversity and Conservation, Advanced Animal Microbiology, Anthrozoology, Epidemiology and Animal Psychology.

An important part of your course is your research project. Draw on your own experience and interests to develop your own research question to explore. Advance your research skills and delve deeper into an area you’re passionate about. External partners, including West Midlands Safari Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Gloucester City Council, Operation Wallacea and Vale Wildlife Hospital have supported our students with their projects in recent years. You could follow in the footsteps of many of our students who have published their research with our lecturers and presented research at national and international conferences.

Industry opportunities

You’ll be able to gain experience in industry throughout the course, most specifically in the optional sandwich year: Students have recently gained professional experience in the UK as well as in New Zealand, the Seychelles, and Kenya through this. We’ll support you to gain a voluntary role during your studies to help prepare you for your career, and promote a variety of opportunities for you to travel. Our students gain work and research experience in our on-site facilities, as well as at local rescue centres, zoos and wildlife parks. We have strong industry connections, and host regular guest lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations. Visits to a range of animal-based facilities will be offered throughout the course to support practical understanding and industry connections.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about all aspects of zoology and want to make a difference through practical conservation and research.


This programme is comprised of different modules, which focus on a variety of different subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. The first year will be made up of a broad range of topics, before specialising in optional modules as you progress.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

As a zoology graduate, you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, animal rescues, laboratories, conservation organisations or welfare centres. Studying a zoology degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations from our animal-based courses have included:

  • Zoos and wildlife centres
  • Animal charities and rescue centres
  • Animal nutrition advisers
  • Pharmaceuticals researchers
  • Animal health and welfare advisers
  • Animal education and outreach officers

Is there an integrated placement year option?

Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

3 Year
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

A typical offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 112 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics. 

A-level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational awards | Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

The minimum offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, providing this is combined with relevant experience.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team for further information.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University?

As a Hartpury animal student, you'll benefit from and get involved with the latest scientific research. You'll work with research-active lecturers to help solve real-world issues. Our students co-author papers and present at national and international conferences.

You'll benefit from access to over 70 domestic and non-domestic species on campus. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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