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University of Derby

Zoology (Joint Honours)

UCAS Code: J2ZO

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Zoology

**Study Zoology with another subject to broaden your career scope. You’ll gain a solid foundation in animal biology and behaviour, wildlife conservation and physiology, plus key employability skills.**

**KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:**

- **TWO SUBJECTS, ONE DEGREE:** A Joint Honours degree adds variety and interest to your studies. Studying Zoology Joint Honours helps you to keep your career options open and marks you out as a versatile graduate with a broad portfolio of skills. You can combine Zoology Joint Honours with a wide range of subjects at Derby – the full list can be found in the subject options below. **Please ensure you add the second subject you wish to combine with Zoology in the further details section when adding your choice in apply.**

- **RANKINGS:** Biosciences at Derby is ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback (Guardian University Guide 2020).

- **ADDRESS GLOBAL CHALLENGES:** The content of this course is aligned to the priorities of global initiatives, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals where topics such as 'life on land' and 'life below water' are a priority.

- **A BROAD UNDERSTANDING:** Focusing on animal biology, our zoology course gives you insights into molecular biology, genetics, ecology, wildlife conservation, physiology and animal behaviour. It features lectures, tutorials and plenty of opportunity for practicals, fieldwork and independent research.

- **FACILITIES:** Develop vital scientific skills in our high-spec laboratories, insectary, aquatic research facility (created in partnership with SeaLife, Birmingham) and dedicated student research lab.

- **FIELDWORK:** Depending on your module selection, you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in the UK and overseas. Fieldwork is a vital element of our zoology course, opening up a wide range of hands-on experiences for you.

- **REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE:** Building on our strong partnerships with employers, we encourage you to go on a work placement as part of your studies. Such experience will add a new dimension to your CV and extend your professional networks.

- **EXPERT TEACHING:** You will learn from an enthusiastic and dedicated zoology teaching team, many of which are active researchers. They are pursuing important studies within our Environmental Sustainability Research Centre into diverse topics including the evolution of animal mating strategies, disease-causing agents in corals, bioremediation of freshwater ecosystems, the welfare of captive orangutans, and the genetics and conservation of natterjack toads.

**YOUR CAREER:**

- Our focus is on ensuring you develop strong intellectual, technical and personal skills to build an impressive CV and meet the needs of employers. On completion of this course, you will have not only in-depth knowledge of zoology but also analytical skills to interpret data, written communication skills to produce reports, and project management skills from undertaking experiments and conducting research.

- You could find work as a zoologist, ecologist, marine scientist, environmental consultant or nature conservationist, to name but a few roles. There are also opportunities to progress to careers in research, teaching, the museum sector, environmental and ecosystem management, the media, the scientific civil service and areas such as biomedical science. You could also consider postgraduate study.

**STUDY OPTIONS:**

- This course is also available as a single honours degree.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Joint Honours

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Zoology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Zoology

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


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Zoology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,020
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Conservation and environment professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations

Unsurprisingly, the most common job for a zoology graduate on leaving is to work in a zoo or similar organisation - but there are a lot of other options available if you take this subject. Nearly a quarter of graduates take some kind of further qualification when they leave — mostly Masters degrees in zoology or related subjects, like biology or ecology — but a graduate from a zoology course can go into pretty much anything, with science, conservation, management, finance and marketing some of the most popular areas. Zoology graduates are also rather more likely than others to get a job overseas so if an international career appeals to you, this might be a degree to consider.

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