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 - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years
  • BSc Hons (Sandwich) - 5 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Professionally recognised by the Society of Biology, the BSc Applied Bioscience and Zoology 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.

BSc Applied Bioscience and Zoology - University of the West of Scotland

SQA Highers: BBBB or ABBC including Biology or Human Biology and 1 science subject
GCE A-Levels: CCC including Biology or Human Biology and another science subject, plus GCSE Chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H3 or H2 H2 H2 H4 including Biology
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including Biology or Human Biology and 1 science subject plus 2 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including Biology or Human Biology and Chemistry
GCE A-Levels: BBB including Biology and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Biology or Human Biology and Chemistry plus another 3 subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science; Bioscience; Animal Care
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Science; Biotechnology; Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Sciences or Animal Care (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
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)

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. Students have undertaken placement/work-based learning with organisations such as RSPB, Scottish SPCA and Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Study Abroad

Students have undertaken various work-related experience projects in Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Bulgaria and France.


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

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Useful Information

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