Zoology at the University of Reading

The University of Reading has a long history of excellence in zoological research, stretching back to the foundation of the University and the appointment in 1906 of Francis Cole to the chair of zoology. At a time when many universities are dropping their name degrees in favour of more generic biology degrees, we are continuing to improve and develop the study of zoology.

Studying Zoology at Reading

Full details of Zoology at Reading can be found on the School of Biological Sciences web pages:

Highlights of Zoology at Reading

Undergraduate Zoology degree

borneoField work is an important component of the course and students have the opportunity to choose between courses in England, or one in Borneo at the end of their first year of study. In addition to these courses, our beautiful and extensive campus, with a multitude of habitats, is used for courses in applied ecology as well as final year research projects. Students can choose to work on and manage our on-site nature reserve to get real life experience of habitat management.

Taught Postgraduate

Our MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation is extremely popular providing training and qualifications for a wide range of jobs and careers from game reserve warden to country park ranger.

Zoology in the Cole Museum

Students are encouraged to do voluntary work in the museum, plan public events and develop their taxonomic skills using museum specimens. All zoology students take a special module called Animal Diversity which leans heavily on the Cole Museum and which aims to ensure that our graduates have a broad knowledge of animal taxonomy. It includes a specially produced Animal Diversity CD to support the module.


adam and the insectsThe development of key applied skills in ecology and zoology is an important component of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills.

The museum is used extensively to support undergraduate teaching in Zoology and one module, Animal Diversity, is based entirely on the museum. As part of this module, students design new museum cases to demonstrate their understanding of taxonomy and taxonomic issues. Students also get the opportunity to support the museum through restoration work and designing temporary exhibitions.

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  • School of Biological Sciences
  • CETL


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