Zoology BSc (Hons)

Key information


Zoology is the study of animal life, from whole animals and populations through to tissues, their cells and molecular structures.

Zoologists are concerned with the conservation of biodiversity. They also look at the behavioural patterns of animals, animal diseases and how they survive in their natural habitats. Zoology graduates go on to find work in zoos, in wildlife conservation and management, in wildlife documentary or they go on to study Veterinary Science.

Programme in detail

We aim to provide you with a broad base of animal knowledge, with the opportunity to specialise later on. Specialist topics include animal behaviour, conservation biology, ecology and animal physiology.

In addition, students will developcore transferable skills (spoken and written communication, team working, project management and computing) and carry out a major research project.

At Liverpool, we offer two routes for students wishing to study for a degree in Life Sciences. You can enrol on one of our Deferred Choice Programmes (C130 or C100) that allows students to learn about the different subjects available in Life Sciences before specialising, or retain their broad interests and gain a degree. Alternatively, students can enrol on a specific programme of study that specialises in one area of the Life Sciences.

Fieldwork opportunities

You will visit zoologically rich locations during field courses and fieldwork projects. Fieldwork projects can be carried out in a wide range of habitats including the Wirral and Chester Zoo.

Residential field courses are part of the Year One and Year Three syllabus. These are held in the southern Lake District and in the South of France.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a tropical field course to Uganda in Year Two.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

405 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

1st for Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology – (Guardian University Guide 2020)

Graduate prospects

95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2016/17)

National Student Survey

100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017) and 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You will study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Enjoy excellent career prospects

You will benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic, environmental and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Boost your future prospects by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.

Work in leading-edge facilities

More than £30 million has recently been invested in our facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.