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Available with a foundation year Available with a modern language Available with a industrial/professional experience Available with an integrated masters year

Zoology, the study of animal life, aims to understand the behaviour, structure and evolution of animals, using a wide range of approaches, from genes, to molecular and cellular biology, through physiological processes and anatomy, to whole animals, populations and their ecology.You will study fundamental concepts in the Life Sciences in the first year before going on to study more specialised Zoology topics in your second and final years.

Field studies form an important part of our teaching and you will attend four field courses (two in the first year, two in the second year), including the possibility of visiting South Africa and Ecuador.

Course units

Click on the year you are interested in to view the combination of modules available for Zoology. (Please note that sometimes we can refer to modules as course units or units.)

Second year

Compulsory modules

BIOL20000    Academic Tutorials Year 2
BIOL20701    Data Handling Skills 3
BIOL21051    Organismal Biology EDM
BIOL21092    Dissertation
BIOL21432    Animal Behaviour
BIOL21701    Critical Writing Skills
BIOL22020    Science Ethics and Society (Level 2)

Optional modules

BIOL20552    Tropical Ecology & Conservation (RSM Field Course)
BIOL20682    Field course in Tropical Biology (RSM)
BIOL20872    Urban Biodiversity & Conservation RSM
BIOL20982    The Biology of Being Human
BIOL21101    Genome Maintenance & Regulation
BIOL21111    Proteins
BIOL21121    The Dynamic Cell
BIOL21132    Cell Metabolism & Metabolic Control
BIOL21141    Cell Membrane Structure & Function
BIOL21152    'Omic Technologies & Resources
BIOL21162    Chemistry of Biomolecules
BIOL21172    Principles of Developmental Biology
BIOL21181    Prokaryotic Microbiology
BIOL21192    Principles of Infectious Disease
BIOL21202    Plants for the Future
BIOL21211    Ecology & Ecosystems
BIOL21221    Animal Diversity
BIOL21232    Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology
BIOL21242    Immunology
BIOL21252    Parasitology
BIOL21261    Endocrinology
BIOL21272    Gut and Renal Human Physiology
BIOL21281    Animal Physiology
BIOL21291    Human Anatomy & Histology
BIOL21302    Clinical Drug Development
BIOL21312    Drugs & the Brain
BIOL21321    Membrane Excitability: Ion Channels & Transporters in Action
BIOL21332    Motor Systems
BIOL21341    Sensory Systems
BIOL21351    Molecules and Cells in Human Disease
BIOL21361    Haematology
BIOL21371    Organismal Genetics
BIOL21381    Introduction to Virology
BIOL21422    Alpine Biodiversity & Forest Ecology
EART20002    Manchester Sustainable City Project
HSTM20031    From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20092    The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20282    The Information Age
HSTM20482    History of Mathematics
UCOL20021    Leadership in Action
UCOL20022    Leadership in Action
UCOL20031    Leadership in Action (online unit)
UCOL20032     Leadership in Action (online unit)
UCOL23001    Science & Humanities: Bridging the "Two Cultures"

Final year

Compulsory modules

BIOL30000    Academic Tutorials Year 3
BIOL30030    Projects

Optional modules

BIOL31301    Post-Genome Biology (L)
BIOL31311    Protein Assembly, Dynamics & Function (E)
BIOL31321    Glycobiology: Glycobiology in Health & Disease (E)
BIOL31332    Biochemical Basis of Disease (E)
BIOL31341    Macromolecular Recognition in Biological Systems (L)
BIOL31351    Current Topics in Microbiology (E)
BIOL31362    Bacterial Infections of Man (E)
BIOL31371    Advanced Immunology (E)
BIOL31381    Gene Regulation & Disease (E)
BIOL31391    Evolution of Genes, Genomes & Systems (E)
BIOL31402    Human Genetics & Evolution (E)
BIOL31411    Protein Sorting (L)
BIOL31441    Cell Signalling (E)
BIOL31451    Comparative Developmental Biol (L)
BIOL31461    Chemical Communication in Animals (L)
BIOL31471    Advanced Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
BIOL31482    Conservation Biology (E)
BIOL31492    Current Topics in Plant Biology (E)
BIOL31501    Green Biotechnology (E)
BIOL31511    Biotic Interactions (L)
BIOL31522    Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science & Biomedicine (E)
BIOL31541    Living with Climate Change (L)
BIOL31551    Human Impacts on the Biosphere (E)
BIOL31561    Human Reproductive Biology (E)
BIOL31571    Advanced Endocrinology (L)
BIOL31582    Cardiovascular Systems (E)
BIOL31591    Advanced Ion Transport (E)
BIOL31602    Toxins, Toxicants & Toxicity (E)
BIOL31612    Neuroinflammation in Health & Disease (E)
BIOL31622    Ion Transport in Health & Disease (E)
BIOL31631    Imaging in Biomedical Research (E)
BIOL31642    Advanced Developmental Biology (E)
BIOL31651    Advances in Anatomical Sciences (L)
BIOL31671    Neuropharmacology of Human Health (E)
BIOL31681    Clocks, Sleep & the Rhythms of Life (E)
BIOL31692    Learning, Memory & Cognition (E)
BIOL31721    Hormones & Behaviour
BIOL31732    Developmental Neurobiology (E)
BIOL31742    Molecular Biology of Cancer (E)
BIOL31751    Stem Cells (L)
BIOL31771    Cell Adhesion (L)
BIOL31802    Immune Response & Disease (E)
BIOL31812    Chemistry of Biological Processes (E)
HSTM20031    From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20081    From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20092    The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20151    An Introduction to Bioethics: Then and Now
HSTM20282    The Information Age
HSTM20482    History of Mathematics
HSTM20592    The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20651    An Introduction to Bioethics: Then and Now
HSTM20661    Medicine in Victorian Britain
HSTM20782    The Information Age
HSTM20982    History of Mathematics
HSTM30832    Madness and Society in the Modern Age, 1780-2000
HSTM31212    The Nuclear Age: Hiroshima to Nuclear Terrorism
HSTM33201    History of Climate Change
HSTM33501    History of Climate Change
HSTM36202    Key Issues in Contemporary Medicine: What can History Teach us?
HSTM36702    Key Issues in Contemporary Medicine: What can History Teach us?
HSTM40332    Madness and Society in the Modern Age, 1780-2000

Disclaimer: Our modules teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our modules may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to modules as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the modules available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.

Course units

Click on the year you are interested in to view the combination of modules available for Zoology. (Please note that sometimes we can refer to modules as course units or units.)

Second year

Compulsory modules

BIOL20000    Academic Tutorials Year 2
BIOL20701    Data Handling Skills 3
BIOL21051    Organismal Biology EDM
BIOL21092    Dissertation
BIOL21432    Animal Behaviour
BIOL21701    Critical Writing Skills
BIOL22020    Science Ethics and Society (Level 2)

Optional modules

BIOL20552    Tropical Ecology & Conservation (RSM Field Course)
BIOL20682    Field course in Tropical Biology (RSM)
BIOL20872    Urban Biodiversity & Conservation RSM
BIOL20982    The Biology of Being Human
BIOL21101    Genome Maintenance & Regulation
BIOL21111    Proteins
BIOL21121    The Dynamic Cell
BIOL21132    Cell Metabolism & Metabolic Control
BIOL21141    Cell Membrane Structure & Function
BIOL21152    'Omic Technologies & Resources
BIOL21162    Chemistry of Biomolecules
BIOL21172    Principles of Developmental Biology
BIOL21181    Prokaryotic Microbiology
BIOL21192    Principles of Infectious Disease
BIOL21202    Plants for the Future
BIOL21211    Ecology & Ecosystems
BIOL21221    Animal Diversity
BIOL21232    Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology
BIOL21242    Immunology
BIOL21252    Parasitology
BIOL21261    Endocrinology
BIOL21272    Gut and Renal Human Physiology
BIOL21281    Animal Physiology
BIOL21291    Human Anatomy & Histology
BIOL21302    Clinical Drug Development
BIOL21312    Drugs & the Brain
BIOL21321    Membrane Excitability: Ion Channels & Transporters in Action
BIOL21332    Motor Systems
BIOL21341    Sensory Systems
BIOL21351    Molecules and Cells in Human Disease
BIOL21361    Haematology
BIOL21371    Organismal Genetics
BIOL21381    Introduction to Virology
BIOL21422    Alpine Biodiversity & Forest Ecology
EART20002    Manchester Sustainable City Project
HSTM20031    From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20092    The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20282    The Information Age
HSTM20482    History of Mathematics
UCOL20021    Leadership in Action
UCOL20022    Leadership in Action
UCOL20031    Leadership in Action (online unit)
UCOL20032     Leadership in Action (online unit)
UCOL23001    Science & Humanities: Bridging the "Two Cultures"

Final year

Compulsory modules

BIOL30000    Academic Tutorials Year 3
BIOL30030    Projects

Optional modules

BIOL31301    Post-Genome Biology (L)
BIOL31311    Protein Assembly, Dynamics & Function (E)
BIOL31321    Glycobiology: Glycobiology in Health & Disease (E)
BIOL31332    Biochemical Basis of Disease (E)
BIOL31341    Macromolecular Recognition in Biological Systems (L)
BIOL31351    Current Topics in Microbiology (E)
BIOL31362    Bacterial Infections of Man (E)
BIOL31371    Advanced Immunology (E)
BIOL31381    Gene Regulation & Disease (E)
BIOL31391    Evolution of Genes, Genomes & Systems (E)
BIOL31402    Human Genetics & Evolution (E)
BIOL31411    Protein Sorting (L)
BIOL31441    Cell Signalling (E)
BIOL31451    Comparative Developmental Biol (L)
BIOL31461    Chemical Communication in Animals (L)
BIOL31471    Advanced Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
BIOL31482    Conservation Biology (E)
BIOL31492    Current Topics in Plant Biology (E)
BIOL31501    Green Biotechnology (E)
BIOL31511    Biotic Interactions (L)
BIOL31522    Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science & Biomedicine (E)
BIOL31541    Living with Climate Change (L)
BIOL31551    Human Impacts on the Biosphere (E)
BIOL31561    Human Reproductive Biology (E)
BIOL31571    Advanced Endocrinology (L)
BIOL31582    Cardiovascular Systems (E)
BIOL31591    Advanced Ion Transport (E)
BIOL31602    Toxins, Toxicants & Toxicity (E)
BIOL31612    Neuroinflammation in Health & Disease (E)
BIOL31622    Ion Transport in Health & Disease (E)
BIOL31631    Imaging in Biomedical Research (E)
BIOL31642    Advanced Developmental Biology (E)
BIOL31651    Advances in Anatomical Sciences (L)
BIOL31671    Neuropharmacology of Human Health (E)
BIOL31681    Clocks, Sleep & the Rhythms of Life (E)
BIOL31692    Learning, Memory & Cognition (E)
BIOL31721    Hormones & Behaviour
BIOL31732    Developmental Neurobiology (E)
BIOL31742    Molecular Biology of Cancer (E)
BIOL31751    Stem Cells (L)
BIOL31771    Cell Adhesion (L)
BIOL31802    Immune Response & Disease (E)
BIOL31812    Chemistry of Biological Processes (E)
HSTM20031    From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20081    From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20092    The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20151    An Introduction to Bioethics: Then and Now
HSTM20282    The Information Age
HSTM20482    History of Mathematics
HSTM20592    The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20651    An Introduction to Bioethics: Then and Now
HSTM20661    Medicine in Victorian Britain
HSTM20782    The Information Age
HSTM20982    History of Mathematics
HSTM30832    Madness and Society in the Modern Age, 1780-2000
HSTM31212    The Nuclear Age: Hiroshima to Nuclear Terrorism
HSTM33201    History of Climate Change
HSTM33501    History of Climate Change
HSTM36202    Key Issues in Contemporary Medicine: What can History Teach us?
HSTM36702    Key Issues in Contemporary Medicine: What can History Teach us?
HSTM40332    Madness and Society in the Modern Age, 1780-2000

Disclaimer: Our modules teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our modules may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to modules as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the modules available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.

Students say...

Ed Thomson

“Being a zoologist I was able to go on two field courses this year. They were both definite highlights of my first year at the university of Manchester. The first to South Africa was amazing, seeing loads of large mammals up close and even got to play with lion cubs! The second was in Scotland and was still great fun, plus I got to know my course mates really well! I am definitely looking forward to more field courses in the future and also being able to specialise more as we get further into the degree, especially choosing our final project.”

Ed Thomson

Karlina Ozolina

“Zoology is amazing! The teaching we receive at the FLS is excellent, I loved the field courses to Millport in 1st year and to Belize in 2nd year, because they allowed me to experience hands on science and allowed the students to get to know the university staff on a much more personal level. Also Manchester has some of the best animal scientists in the world so attending their lectures is a real treat. For my placement year I was in Aarhus, Denmark studying the effects of acclimation on the aerobic scope in cane toads. It was a brilliant opportunity to work and network with excellent animal physiologists and made me realise what I want to do after I graduate.”

Karlina Ozolina (with Industrial Experience)

Sarah Griffiths

“Zoologists have the opportunity to go on a variety of field courses, both in the UK and abroad - this, along with the choice of units and lab work, makes the course a flexible, fun and diverse choice. Field courses in Scotland, Greece and Belize have definitely been a highlight of my University experience so far. I'm also really excited to start on my final year project, which will let me put all the lab and writing skills I've developed into practice. ”

Sarah Griffiths

Careers

Many of our graduates secure jobs as researchers working in universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience companies and institutes. The transferable skills you will develop will also leave you well equipped for a wide range of careers outside the lab. Many zoology students go on to work in conservation projects around the world. A number of graduates are now involved in such programmes in the UK and South Africa. Other popular career choices include working in zoos and museums.

Life Science roles included:

  • Animal Care Technician for a laboratory
  • Volunteer Project Worker in an animal conservation project in South Africa
  • Field Assistant in a conservation project in Botswana
  • Medical Information Officer for a communications company
  • Environmental Educator for a charity

Non Life Science roles included:

  • Veterinary Science
  • Graduate Management Trainee for a utilities company
  • Trainee Army Officer

Zoology Graduate Profile: Mountain gorilla researcher

Zoology Graduate Profile: Assistant manager of shark research facility

For information on the range of career options available please see the Faculty of Life Sciences Careers page .

Course director

Jonathan Codd

Jonathan Codd, Zoology Course Director

Zoology is a thriving, multidisciplinary science that is central to our understanding of the world. As zoologists we seek to determine the fundamental principles that underpin animal life, both past and present, from their morphology, function, physiology, behaviour and evolution.

“Underpinned by the scientific method, zoology is a fascinating branch of science that enables us to better understand animals, the environment and ultimately ourselves.”

My own research focusses on the respiratory and locomotor biology of vertebrates in particular the bats and birds. I am interested in how constraints have shaped these systems and use a range of techniques to answer the questions that stem from my research. You can find more about the research conducted by my group in my staff profile: Dr Jonathan Codd.

As course director for Zoology I ensure that Zoology students get access to the best of modern zoology teaching and can work with leading scientists here at Manchester on a wide range of animals. The programme is tailored to ensure our students get unique opportunities, including field courses, teaching based on the latest peer-reviewed research and an emphasis on making zoology relevant to the whole animal in both the laboratory and the field.

Field courses

Zebras photographed on the South African field course

Courses are currently held in several European locations, South Africa, and South and Central America. They offer you the chance to study organisms in a range of environments, from marine to freshwater, temperate to tropical. Field courses last from one to three weeks and take place in the Easter or summer holidays. Find out more on our field courses page.

Questions? Get in touch...

We are always pleased to talk to prospective students and we have dedicated people to answer any questions you may have - so don't hesitate to get in touch.

The Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions Office
Faculty of Life Sciences
The University of Manchester
G.683 Stopford Building
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PT UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5032
Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5456
Email: ug.lifesciences@manchester.ac.uk