Biochemistry at Lancaster University

Zoology Degrees

Zoology is a science dedicated to the study of animal life, and our degree provides a range of modules covering the different elements from animal behaviour to cellular processes and physiology, and from taxonomy and the diversity of animal life to evolution.

All Courses

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts, Programme Director

"Bringing in our new Zoology degrees is an exciting new development for us. Applicants have always shown an interest in the possibility to study zoology, but it's only recently that we've had the right staff in place to be able to offer the right range of modules for us to offer a full Zoology degree. We now offer modules that span fundamental animal biologies, such as Vertebrate Biology and Neurobiology, to studies of animals in their natural environments, including our fantastic Tropical Biology and Conservation field course in Kenya.

"As well as the standard BSc Zoology scheme, we also offer a Study Abroad variant and a Placement Year degree, each of which offer different ways to develop your experience and skill set.

"Our hope is that introducing these new schemes will feed the growing momentum in the area of Zoology in Lancaster, allowing us to recruit new staff and enhancing both our Zoology research and teaching."

Beyond the labs

We take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences in addition to opportunities to travel the world with residential overseas field trips.

Careers

A degree in Bioscience can enable you to specialise in a given area, but because we embed a range of transferable skills into the curriculum you are not limited purely to science-based careers. You can pursue a wide range of careers with our bioscience degrees, from biomedical science to research or from pharmacology to business.

Examples of the types of careers pursued by our Biosciences graduates include:

Biomedical Scientist Nature Conservation Officer University Lecturer
Biotechnologist Soil Scientist School Teacher
Microbiologist Crop Scientist Molecular Geneticist
Ecological Consultant Forensic Scientist Reserve Manager
Pharmaceutical Scientist Research Ecologist Food Technologist

Whatever your career aspirations may be, or even if you're still not quite sure, we're here to support you to reach your goals. You will undertake a module in employability skills, giving you excellent preparation for applying to graduate-level jobs and graduate scheme, and our dedicated Careers Service is here to assist you every step of the way. From helping you make a lasting impression with your CV to ensuring you are well prepared for interviews and assessment centres, they are able to offer you tailored and personalised support. What's more, they offer lifelong careers support to our graduates so, if you need us, we will always be here to help.

Every aspect of learning

Our academics are leaders in their fields of research and deliver enthusiastic and engaging teaching through a range of methods.

Assessment

The assessment process varies across modules but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent projects reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. They usually last either one or two hours and should be complemented by further independent study by reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide digital recordings of lectures for revision purposes and online reading lists of suitable books and journals that are available either digitally or in print from our library.

Tutorials

Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of an academic tutor. During these in-depth study sessions, you will learn key skills and discuss concepts related to lecture materials.

Academic support

We foster a highly supportive learning environment, making sure you are fully supported to achieve your full academic potential. This includes access to our Student Learning Developers, who offer workshops and advice on improving your academic skills, and also assigning you an Academic Tutor with whom you will meet regularly throughout your degree to discuss your academic progress.

Practical classes

These are designed to help you to discover the key principles underpinning the topic of study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career. Practical classes could include experiments conducted in our teaching laboratories, research projects, workshops, field trips and residential field courses.