What is Zoology?
Zoology is the scientific study of the evolution, behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals. Zoology has been around since at least the mid 17th century but it is no less important a subject nowadays. Humans have been destroying habitats and hunting other animals for thousands of years and recent industrialisation and population growth have led to significant climate changes. These activities threaten all the species on the Earth and a better understanding of animal life is essential if we are to minimise the deleterious effects. In addition, general interest in animals has never been higher. Studying a wide range of animals is providing enormous insight to understanding some of the issues in general biology and can have very unexpected spin-off benefits in medical and engineering areas.
Zoology at Manchester is broadly based covering all the key areas mentioned above. Your theoretical study is enhanced by knowledge and skills gained in field research. Field courses form an exciting part of the degree in your first and second year with opportunities to work in the UK, Europe, Africa and South America.