Because modern zoology is interdisciplinary we believe that you need to be aware of the breadth of animal biology, from the molecular to the ecological. Our Zoology degree therefore begins broadly and then introduces more choice in years two and three.
This freedom to specialise or maintain breadth in your studies, and the range of skills you will learn (both research-oriented and transferable) will also maximise your employability as a graduate.
We have outstanding facilities in our brand new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Building, and all our lecturers are top researchers in their fields.
Biological Sciences at Bristol is distinct because we cover all aspects of biological life - from genes and cells to populations and ecosystems.
We believe that successful biologists of the future need this broad-based training to tackle the scientific challenges facing humanity. We have strong links with other schools in the University:
We aim to equip you to bring rigorous, logical, interdisciplinary approaches to biological questions. To that end, the first part of your degree provides you with the fundamentals of advanced biology.
You will be taught in lectures, practical classes, tutorials and other smaller group sessions, as well as in the field; directed independent study is essential too.
Your final year gives you considerable choice in which aspects of biology you wish to pursue as well as the opportunity to undertake your own research.
You can apply until:
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Our Biological Sciences courses are ideally suited to you if you want a flexible course structure allowing you to choose a broad-based biological education or focus on particular areas of interest.
Our courses will be a good choice if you are keen to experience cutting edge research (both in the field and lab), are a motivated, independent learner with a desire to gain analytical and problem-solving skills.
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