Zoology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
In considering a Zoology degree, you already know that your main interest is animal biology, but maybe you don't yet know exactly which area of the subject you would like to pursue.


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.

Why study Biological Sciences at Bristol?

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:

  • palaeontologists and climate scientists in Earth Sciences;
  • molecular biologists in Biochemistry;
  • those studying human behaviour in Psychology.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Diversity of Life
  • Life Processes
  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • A third unit pertinent to the degree programme
Second year
  • Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Molecular Methodology for Biologists
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Science and Success: writing, speaking and communicating science
  • Field Course or laboratory workshop
  • Seven additional lecture units from a wide choice, biased towards animal-related topics
Third year
  • Field Course Report
  • Library Project
  • Practical Research Project
  • Six lecture units from a wide choice across the spectrum of biology.


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.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
  • A-levels : (including international A-levels): ABB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in each of two sciences, and 15 credits at Merit
  • BTEC: DDD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics or Science
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 80% overall with 8.5 in science/mathematics subjects*
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grades A*-B in Mathematics, English and Sciences.
  • Academic qualifications*Preferred science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology. Other suitable science/mathematics subjects: Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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