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Study the behaviour, structure, and evolution of animals from sponges and insects to mammals.

Zoology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to learn about the whole spectrum of zoology from animal behaviour to their anatomy and physiology.
  • You want to go on a field course in Europe, Africa or Central America to study animals in their natural habitat.
  • You want to improve your employability by taking this course with an integrated master’s year, an industrial/professional experience year or a modern language.
  • We have links with zoos, nature reserves and other institutions undertaking zoological research all over the world.
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Number of places/applicants
650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)
Typical A level offer
Grades AAA-ABB.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the biological and biomedical sciences courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

“Last year I went to a field course in Mallorca and this year I’m going to Italy. Field courses are a really fun way of doing experiments outside the lab. You decide what you’re going to be doing for two weeks; you pick your own experiment, your own methods, when you stop for lunch… It’s a great way of letting you know what being a scientist feels like, but with the added bonus of seeing some beautiful places.”

Roksana Wilson

Course description

Zoology, the study of animal life, aims to understand the behaviour, structure and evolution of animals.

Zoologists use a wide range of approaches to do this, from genes to molecular and cellular biology, as well as physiological processes and anatomy, whole animals, populations, and their ecology.

You will study fundamental concepts in the biological sciences in the first year before going on to study more specialised zoology topics in your second and final years.

Field studies form an important part of our teaching and you will attend two field courses (one in the first year, one in the second year), including the possibility of visiting South Africa.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

Contribution to fieldwork costs


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.