At the University of Reading studying Zoology is the science of animals. Whether you’re passionate about one particular group of animals, or love the subject as a whole, our enthusiastic academics will help you get the most out of this degree.
Many other universities offer a one-size-fits-all shared first year to all students from ecologists to biochemists, but at Reading you will study animals from day one. You will have the opportunity to build up field experience and select optional modules to follow your specific interests in this vast and fascinating area of study.
You study animal life at all levels, from the simplest forms through to birds and mammals. You will learn about populations and ecosystems, animal behaviour, evolution, biodiversity and conservation.
The School of Biological Sciences even has its own accredited zoology museum. The Cole Museum of Zoology 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.
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, although all are subsidised.
In the final year, you can complete a cutting-edge research project under expert supervision, either in the field or the lab – an opportunity that is no longer offered in many universities. We arrange projects on a wide 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 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.
What career can you have?
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.
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.
A graduate is working as Director of Conservation at the Marine Conservation Society, and another makes nature documentaries for Channel 4.
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 consultancy, bat monitoring and wildlife management.
All our graduates are eligible for membership of the Society of Biology and can apply for Chartered Biologist status.
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- Building blocks of life
- Evolutionary processes
- Key skills in zoology
- Ecology and behaviour
- Animal diversity
- Field ecology skills
- 36 months
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DisciplinesBiology Veterinary Medicine Animal Sciences View 170 other Masters in Animal Sciences in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Typical offer
- International Baccalaureate
- BTEC Extended Diploma
- Extended Project Qualification
- English language requirements
International23700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23700 GBP per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
Living costs for Reading
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