Zoology BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C300
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma

Module details

Programme Year One

Core modules:

  • Molecules and Cells
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Grand Challenges in Biology
  • Experimental Skills
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Ecology and the Global Environment
  • Field Skills

Plus one optional module from:

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Developmental Biology
  • Introduction to Animal Husbandry

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Behavioural Ecology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
  • Biodiversity Practical Skills
  • Advanced Techniques in Zoology

Plus one of the following optional theory modules:

  • Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
  • Genome Organisation and Maintenance
  • Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health
  • Veterinary Form and Function
  • Advanced Animal Husbandry
  • The Multicellular Organism
  • The Immune System in Health and Disease

And either

  • Tropical Field Course

Or two of the following practical modules

  • E-Biology
  • Molecular Science
  • Techniques in Cell Biology
  • Advanced Genetics Techniques

Programme Year Three

A large part of your final year is the research project where students work in the research laboratories or in the field alongside postgraduate and postdoctoral research workers. Laboratory based projects have been closely linked with our research, such as the molecular biology of adaptation, molecular studies of ageing, biochemical pathways in cellular damage leading to an elucidation of events in heart and kidney disease, endocrinology in vertebrates and invertebrates. Projects in animal behaviour have been carried out in the laboratory, in the field (eg at Hilbre Island in the Dee Estuary) and at Chester Zoo.

Other core modules include the Advanced Skills in Zoology which focuses on bioscience communication skills. During the final year field course you will work in small groups on projects examining, for example, small mammal behaviour.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Skills in Zoology
  • Zoology Field Course
  • Zoology in the Workplace
  • Research Project

Plus four of the following optional theory modules:

  • Current Topics in Animal Behaviour
  • Integrative and Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Parasitology
  • Topics in Global Health

Programme Year Four

Students can transfer into the C900 (MBiolSci) programme to complete a four-year integrated master’s. This offers industrial placements in UK or abroad (subject to performance).

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

You will experience a range of learning environments during your studies at Liverpool. These will include student-centred activities as well as lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, dissection classes, fieldwork, data handling sessions and computer workshops. Some of these activities will be performed individually, such as personal research projects, and others in small tutorial or project groups, in addition to formal lectures and workshops. You will have research staff as well as your own academic adviser for individual tuition on our acclaimed tutorial programme.


As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record development of these abilities through continuous assessment during the semester and by final examination. You will also prepare posters, complete tests, analyse data, give short talks, research the scientific literature and write essays and reports. The style of examination progresses from short answers towards the essay format in the later years of each degree programme, as your understanding deepens.