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Zoology with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Not many degrees give you the chance to study animals in their natural habitat or get your hands on a lion's skull at the University’s own Museum, but with our BSc Zoology with Professional Experience course, that’s just a tiny part of what’s on offer.Many universities offer a one-size-fits-all shared first year to all students from ecologists to biochemists, but at Reading you'll study animals from day one. You'll study animal life at all levels, from the simplest forms through to birds and mammals. You'll learn about populations and ecosystems, animal behaviour, evolution, biodiversity and conservation.In your second year you can undertake field work in a variety of locations including Devon, Sweden, Spain, South Africa and a tropical site, which in the past has included Borneo and Madagascar. The costs of these trips are not included, but all are subsidised.In your third year you'll complete a professional industry placement, allowing you to develop technical expertise and experience that aim to increase your employability and widen your skill set.In the final year, you can complete a cutting-edge research project under expert supervision, either in the field or the lab – an opportunity no longer offered in many universities. We arrange projects on a range of animals including urban mammals such as hedgehogs and foxes, red kites, insects and pond or fresh-water animals. We also offer projects on animals in zoos.In the final year there is also an opportunity to carry out your final-year research project at a European university under the Erasmus+ scheme. Previous students have worked at an overseas institute during the summer such as KL University in Malaysia or have studied leopards in South Africa. We achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 96% in the National Student Survey 2019 in BSc Zoology.Our £60m Health and Life Sciences building will open in 2020. As the new home of the School of Biological Sciences, it will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space, including a café. The building will house the Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection, featuring over 3,500 natural history specimens, provides a fantastic resource for biological scientists and the wider community.The Museum is used extensively in teaching in Zoology and provides you with unique opportunities to develop hands-on skills in taxonomy and natural history conservation. You can volunteer at the museum and receive training in natural history curation.All our degrees offer placement opportunities, both as a one year option or as a summer module. Students receive help and training to find the ideal placement.For more information about securing and completing a placement for your placement year, please visit our Important Information page.**Careers**Our Zoology graduates enter a wide variety of careers in the biological sciences, including jobs in conservation, animal welfare, education, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the civil service and other public bodies such as local government conservation units and animal charities. Overall, 90% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2016/17).This may require some form of postgraduate training (PGCE, MSc, PhD), and we run two very successful MSc courses: Wildlife Management and Conservation, and Species Identification and Survey Skills.As numerate scientists, our graduates also have many transferable skills that are attractive to employers over a wide range of careers. University of Reading Zoology graduates also work in advanced taxonomy and biodiversity, conservation, eco-tourism, environmental law and policy, environmental cons

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 23,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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A level : BBB

A level Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    36th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 25,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 100 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    122 55%

    47th

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    56th

    27
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%

    37th

    4

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