Course Overview

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Zoology at Swansea gives our students an unrivalled opportunity to study animal behaviour, ecology and conservation in a range of natural environments including the Gower Peninsula.

Students will visit a range of field locations such as the National Wetlands Centre Wales.

Students will complete an animal ecology field course in their final year.

Our Zoology degree scheme offers an excellent range of laboratory and field-based topics with a strong emphasis on the development of key practical skills.

Our close proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience.

The course has a strong emphasis on the development of personal and transferable skills to assist in later employability.

Key Features

  • Zoology at Swansea is 12th in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Our research has been ranked 7th among UK Universities, and 2nd in the UK for the quality of our research papers (second only to Oxford)   (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • We are in the UK TOP 20 for teaching quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016)
  • New £1.3m Visualisation Centre which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring - unique in the world
  • Research vessel RV Noctiluca for training and project work at sea
  • Excellent transferable skills that open doors to careers in all sectors of the economy
  • A department with over 40 years of commitment to the best international standards of University education
  • A University with a high success rate for graduation, low drop out rate and excellent student support
  • Year in Industry programmes available for 2016 entry

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Description

  • Zoology at Swansea gives our students an unrivalled opportunity to study animal behaviour, ecology and conservation in a range of natural environments including the Gower Peninsula.
  • Students will visit a range of field locations such as the National Wetlands Centre Wales.
  • Students will complete an animal ecology field course in their final year.
  • Our Zoology degree scheme offers an excellent range of laboratory and field-based topics with a strong emphasis on the development of key practical skills.
  • Our close proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience.
  • The course has a strong emphasis on the development of personal and transferable skills to assist in later employability.

Entry Requirements

  • A levels: grades ABB-BBB, to include Biology or Human Biology, or equivalent.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass acceptable as equivalent to an A grade A level.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Grades DDD plus at least one GCSE grade B in Science with GCSE Grades C in English/Welsh and Mathematics. Only science-based BTECs will be considered (excluding Animal Management and Health Science).
  • Scottish Highers: ABBCC to include Biology grade B.
  • Access to HE (Science): Pass with Distinction (24 Distinctions to include 3 in Biology, plus 15 Merits). Only science-based Access will be considered (excluding Health Sciences).
  • IB: 33-32 (including 5 in Biology or Human Biology at Higher Level).
  • IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent English test.
  • We may consider other qualifications if they are Science-based, if they are equivalent to A-levels, and if the content of the qualification includes significant amounts of Biology (i.e., equivalent to A-level Biology).
  • All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.
  • General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.
  • International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country. Contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

  • All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.
  • For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk
  • For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

  • Lab coat and dissection kit (Level 1 for all degree programmes) – approximately £30
  • Tropical Marine Biology field course in Puerto Rico - (costs ~£1200 - £1700 tbc)
  • Sikkim overseas field trip (Biology and Zoology Level 3 - optional) – student contributes £500 towards travel and accommodation

*We also advise all students to have suitable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear (wellington boots)

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, fieldwork and practical classes.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.



Student profiles

“To be taught by such a range of knowledgeable and enthusiastic academics at Swansea University is a privilege. Their individual fields of specialisation are extremely varied and provide a vast spectrum of options in terms of what can be studied as part of your degree. Listening to lectures given by world-class members of staff has made me eager to broaden my interests and spend time reading up on subjects that had never attracted me previously.”

Lily Green, BSc Zoology

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca.

Our new Teaching Laboratory is a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, with a capacity to hold 150 students; it includes a full range of AV facilities able to transmit to several plasma screens output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units.

Find out more about the facilities used by Biosciences students at Swansea University.
 
 



Careers

As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully puruse a career within biology and ecology.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Ecologist (Jacobs Engineering & CSA Environmental)
  • Delivery Officer (Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council)
  • Project Officer (Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust)
  • Hydrometry and Telemetry Officer (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Benthic Taxonomist (Oceanology Ltd)
  • Wildlife and Education Officer (Ipswich Borough Council)
  • Crop Technician (Humber Growers)
  • Animal keeper (All Things Wild)
  • Quality Control Associate (Amgen Biovex Ltd)
  • Royal Navy Officer (Britannia Royal Navy College)
  • Research Assistant (TRP Research)

Find out more about employability

Research

All academic staff in Biosciences are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more

Fieldwork

All biology students carry out a ten week research project module in Year Three. This can either be laboratory or field-based depending on the interests of the student. Some students carry out their projects abroad.

Our field courses include:

Animal Ecology

Tropical Marine Biology, Puerto Rico

Sikkim, Himalayas

Terrestrial Ecology

Enrolment

Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.

Welsh-medium provision for students

The ability to communicate scientific topics in the biological sciences through Welsh is a key skill required by increasing numbers of employers, and Swansea University is perfectly situated to take advantage of this.