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BSc Zoology – University of Reading

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    At Reading we give you the opportunity to study the variety of animal life in all its richness

BSc Zoology C300 (3 years)

If you spent your youth collecting bugs in jars and dreamed of saving endangered species, or left your face imprinted on cabinets full of taxidermy creatures and your television, watching marathons of nature documentaries, this is the course for you!

Course Overview

Zoology is the study of animal life at all levels, from genes and cells to populations and ecosystems, from individual behaviour to broad patterns of evolution and adaptation. Here at Reading we offer a diverse course rooted in traditional Zoology while ensuring that you receive a firm foundation in modern biology. We also offer a broad spectrum field experience, and optional modules that allow you to follow your specific interests in this vast and enriched area of study.

We take pride in our long history of research excellence and encourage you to become actively involved in your field, whether that is closer to home volunteering on-site at the Cole Museum of Zoology or our student -run nature reserve, or partaking in a year in industry. In Year 2 there is a field trip to Madagascar, which is well known for its unique species and habitats, and in the final year there is opportunity for ERASMUS study or attending a linked overseas institute during the summer such as KL University in Malaysia.

School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences is a research intensive institution, which prides itself on the excellence and relevance of its degree courses. The School was formed in 2005 from the former Schools of Animal and Microbial Sciences, Applied Statistics and Plant Sciences. This has resulted in the formation of a School with a formidable range of expertise, and this unique combination makes Reading a very attractive place to work and study.

The School consists of two sections:

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical science is presently at an extremely exciting stage, driven by technological advances that allow us to conduct experiments that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Staff from Biomedical sciences conduct work that maintains Reading university at the forefront of research developments. With more than 25 members of academic staff, the research interests within Biomedical Sciences are diverse and encompass the whole range of the biomedical sciences.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research in this section deals primarily in ecology and evolutionary biology and the applied links between these disciplines, wildlife conservation and the biological control of agricultural pests and diseases.

Career prospects

The demand for biologists has never been greater and you will be entering a discipline that is at the very forefront of medical, technological and environmental advances. As the frontiers within biology extend, so too do the range of career opportunities. Within a few months of graduating you may find yourself on the front line of cancer or gene therapy research, or involved in creating new habitats to conserve wildlife e.g. as species come under pressure from climate change or urbanisation.

Our graduates are qualified to enter a variety of careers in the biological sciences, including work in industry (pharmaceuticals, biomedical, agrochemicals), government service (research institutes and bodies such as the Environment Agency) and other public bodies (local conservation units, animal charities). As numerate scientists, our graduates also have the option of entering a wide variety of commercial and business occupations. Some of our graduates also continue their studies to Masters or PhD level and may pursue a career in research.


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2015 entry requirements

Typical offer

Grades BBB/ABC from three A levels with minimum grade B in Biology and one other science subject.

International Baccalaureate

30 points overall including 5,5 in Biology and a second science subject, both at higher level.

Acceptable science subjects

Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science or Geology.

Other information

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will also be considered.

Deferred entry available.

2014 entry requirements

A level

ABB/AAC from three A levels including Biology at grade B. Alternatively, grades BBB/ABC from three A levels including Biology and a second science, both at minimum grade B.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall including 6 in Biology at Higher Level or 30 points overall including 5 in Biology and a second science, both at Higher Level.

Acceptable science subjects

Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science or Geology.

Other information

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will also be considered.

Deferred Entry available.

Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.


International Fees Guarantee

Apply for 2015/6 entry on this course as an international student and your fees will remain the same every year for the duration of your course.

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