Course Overview

Sandpipers/Ian tew

Our BSc Zoology degree offers a wide range of laboratory and field-based topics including subjects associated with human and veterinary medicine, as well as the study of animal behaviour and conservation issues. This scheme is also designed to investigate the core subjects of importance to animal biology including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, behaviour and ecology. The course also allows flexibility in the range of modules taken in all years of study.

Key Features

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.


Level 1 (Year One):

Science writing and career skills 
Science skills for biological scientists 
Chemistry of life 
Animal diversity, form and function 
Plants and algae - diversity, form and function
Cellular and microbial biology 
Introduction to ecology and behaviour 
Genetics and evolutionary processes 

Level 2 (Year Two):

Ecological data analysis
Animal physiology: Hormones and behaviour
Biosciences literature review
Animal behaviour in conservation and welfare

Optional modules:

Cell and immunobiology
Molecular ecology
Marine invertebrates
Terrestrial plant ecology
Coastal marine ecology
Ecological microbiology and the cycles of life
Clinical biochemistry and physiology

Level 3 (Year Three):

Biosciences research project
Biosciences literature analysis
Zoology field course

Optional modules:

Movement ecology
Mammalian carnivore ecology and conservation
Collective animal behaviour
Animal development
Diseases of aquatic animals
Ecology of marine animals
Biological control of invertebrate pests
Environmental impact assessment
Physics for biologists
Plankton ecophysiology
Epidemiology of infectious diseases
Oceans and climate
Tropical marine ecology and conservation
Medical genetics
Tropical marine biology field course (Puerto Rico)

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: DDM plus A level  grade B in Biology/Human Biology

Scottish Highers: ABBCC to include Biology grade B

Access to HE (Science): Pass with Distinction (24 Dist to include 3 in Biology, plus 15 Merits)

IB: 33-32 (including 5 in Biology or Human Biology)

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.

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

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2014/15 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc Full-time £9,000 £14,000

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.

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)

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

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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.


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.

Find out more about employability


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


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 Rica

Sikkim, Himalayas

Terrestrial Ecology