Applied Bioscience and Zoology

UCAS codes

  • CC93 -

Course contact

Dr Richard Thacker
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

BSc Hons 4 years
BSc Hons (Sandwich) 5 years


Start date(s)

  • September
Professionally recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, this programme equips you with the skills to pursue a career within zoological sciences. With excellent field and work-related learning opportunities, career options include countryside ranger, pest control professional, zoo keeper, or various roles in the fish farming industry, research and teaching.
  • SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB inc 2 sciences (Biology and Chemistry preferred)
  • GCE A-Levels: BCC inc 2 sciences (Biology and Chemistry preferred)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB inc 2 sciences (Biology and Chemistry preferred)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB inc Biology or Human Biology
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB inc Biology and Chemistry
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.
  • SQA HNC-D or BTEC Level 4-5 HNC-D: Applied Bioscience; Applied Science
  • SQA HND, BTEC Level 5 HND or Foundation Degree: Applied Bioscience, Biomedical Science, Animal Care
This degree covers a range of topics including the zoological specialisms of animal behaviour, aquatic ecology, conservation, entomology and pest management. In addition to academic excellence, a key feature of this programme is the amount of field work undertaken (particularly in years 3 and 4). There are a number of day trips and also a residential marine biology field trip in the second trimester of Year 3.

Year 1

Studies include basic biological sciences (cell, molecular, and organismal biology) and two further science subjects (chemistry, forensic science, mathematics or physics).

Year 2

Specialisation in topics commences with modules including Biosphere & Man; Microbiology; Genetics; Vertebrate Physiology; Human Biology; and Practical Skills, a generic module which gives you a firm foundation in data collection, analysis and presentation.

Year 3

You further specialise with core material in entomology, parasitology, animal diversity, conservation and animal behaviour. At this point you can opt to take work-related learning modules in a relevant area of interest. With an emphasis on practical outdoor biology, a one-week residential marine field programme is undertaken.

Year 4 (Honours)

(Honours) You will undertake a research project and you are introduced to the specialised topics of pest management, aquatic ecology, behavioural ecology and environmental adaptation. Research projects can be carried out in collaboration with active researchers at the University and also with relevant local authorities, businesses and/or consultancies. This placement is extremely valuable for future employment.
Many UWS graduates have jobs that require detailed zoological knowledge including countryside rangers, pest control professionals, zoo keepers and environmental impact assessors. They have also pursued careers in research and teaching. It is possible to undertake a work-related learning module during Year 3.

It is possible to undertake a workrelated learning module during Year 3.


Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

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Useful Information

  • For course availability check UCAS

    * UNISTATS – BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience and Zoology, full-time