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Zoology, BSc/MSci

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #77 (QS) Glasgow, United Kingdom
The Zoology programme from University of Glasgow is the scientific study of all aspects of animals: their structure, function, behaviour, physiology, ecology and evolution. It covers a huge range of biodiversity from microscopic organisms to the colossal blue whale, across all habitats on Earth. 
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As we continue to have a greater impact on our environment it is increasingly important for us to understand the animal life that depends on it.

Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge research and close links with the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine.

You will gain a range of practical skills and experience across multiple field courses, including exotic locations and our own field station at Loch Lomond, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment.

Expeditions are carried out by the Glasgow University Exploration Society to a range of locations each year. Previous expeditions have included Sri Lanka, Egypt, Trinidad, Iceland, Tobago, Guyana, and remote parts of Scotland. They are independent of any course and are open to all students.

Our student Zoological Society meets regularly for talks and activities. 


Graduates of the Zoology programme from University of Glasgow are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities. These include undertaking postgraduate studies in zoology, pursuing research, management, conservation, consultancy and animal care. 

Careers of some of our graduates include:

  • Policy Officer: RSPB
  • Environmental Protection Officer: SEPA
  • Environmental Consultant: Eden Nuclear & Environment 
  • Research Scientist: St Andrew’s University
  • Editor: Oxford University Press

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Zoology MSci: 5 year degree

  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.
  • You will develop your knowledge of fundamental aspects of biology and be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests.
  • If you progress to Honours, fieldwork becomes an important component of your study mix. Specific topics you may study include invertebrate and vertebrate biology; ecology; molecular ecology; animal physiology; parasite biology; and marine biology. There are also courses on experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  • A major component of your final year is an independent research project. This project will give you the chance to research something new, and the results sometimes contribute to scientific publications.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements


  • Standard entry requirements: AAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry A-level at Grades A or B. 


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if additional requirements met.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21920 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £27,750 per total

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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