Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
104-120 UCAS points
Zoologists are scientists who study the animal kingdom, from the largest mammals to the smallest insects. Understanding the evolution, behaviour and their communities provides an insight into both human and animal life and how they can be sustained in the face of global challenges, from climate change to food security.
Here at Harper Adams, you’ll study whole organisms not just species at the molecular level. You’ll learn to study animals’ physiology, behaviour, and how they interact with other species and their environments, in order to preserve important habitats and manage wildlife in light of climate change.
Zoologists and environmental managers protect endangered species and wildlife from the dangers of habitat loss, disease, invasive species, and climate change, and to safeguard and learn more about human life in the process.
You’ll study a wide range of species, from farm livestock to companion animals and exotics, to UK wildlife such as insects, with a strong emphasis on field and laboratory work – both skills in demand by employers.
You’ll be taught by conservationists, environmental specialists, entomologists, animal scientists, veterinarians and many more highly experienced staff.
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The third year of your degree, which you’ll spend on work placement, is your chance to get a year’s relevant, high quality experience, in the UK or overseas. You may choose a placement job that builds on your interest in environmental management working for an ecological or environmental consultancy, conservation charity or wildlife trust. The National Trust is a popular placement employer, as are Field Studies centres, local authorities and statutory conservation agencies. Or maybe you’ll take the opportunity to work with species you won’t find at Harper such as zoo or marine animals. You might work within a zoo, for example, or the Durrell Wildlife Conservation. The choice is yours, but we’ll be there with advice and support both before and during your placement.
All Zoology students will share a common first year, learning about animal health and behaviour, and conservation. Modules will include survey and field skills, physiology, ecology, and adaptive biology.
You’ll start to specialise in your second year, with two of your eight modules focussed on sustainable environmental management. Returning from work placement, you’ll specialise further in your fourth year, with more dedicated modules and a focused research project that gives you the chance to explore a topic that interests you or furthers your career ambitions.
Learning extends beyond the classroom. There will be lots of applied work in our extensive laboratories, on our commercial farm on-campus, forests and pools, in our Companion Animal House, entomology laboratory, the Jean Jackson glasshouse, and entomology resource room with its insect collection. You’ll also learn off-site through field trips and work placement.
You’ll take part in at least two residential field courses. In your first year you will head to the Slapton Ley Field Studies Council Centre in Devon where you will learn to conduct independent field research and do a group project. There’ll be an opportunity to take part in an overseas course in Spain or Portugal in your second year. In Year 4 you’ll design, execute and evaluate a group research project during a further residential course on the island of Anglesey.
Learning at Higher Education level is a big step up from further education so we make sure you get lots of advice and support. Everyone learns differently and in the workplace you’ll need to work in different ways, so we make sure our courses test you in every way possible. So you will attend lectures and tutorials, do hands-on work, experience field trips, sit exams, and complete coursework assignments. Topics are based on real world situations.
There will be summative assessed course work throughout the programme, and you will receive written feedback on all course work to help you improve. End-of-module assessments will take place in May/June of each academic year. Course work may be reports, presentations or portfolios, produced individually or in a team.
As a zoologist specialising in environmental management you could become an ecologist, environmental consultant or nature conservation officer. Other careers include research scientists, field trials officers, ecological consultants and nature conservationists. You may find yourself conserving endangered species and habitats, working in disease and pest control, or developing policies and regulations.
Zoologists can also be found improving agricultural crops and livestock, developing and testing new drugs, or promoting animal welfare and education.