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What makes Animal Biology at the University of Worcester special?

From the phenomenon of evolution to our curiosity regarding animal behaviour, we have always found ourselves enthralled by the wonders of the animal kingdom. Animal Biology explores this fascinating realm, from the functioning of a single cell right up to the processes that control reproduction and survival in complex organisms.

At Worcester, Animal Biology has a strong practical emphasis, reflecting the discipline’s increasing importance to our understanding of some of the major challenges facing society today, from the environment and global agriculture to international economic dynamics. This applied approach also gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and expertise invaluable in future employment.

Key features

  • Expand your studies with a fascinating Joint Honours degree pathway –study Animal Biology alongside Ecology or Physical Geography
  • Shape a degree to suit you - build a firm foundation in core principles, whilst selecting from a diverse array of options including human origins, genomics and invertebrate biology
  • Take Animal Biology somewhere it has never been before with your independent study. Past studies have looked at DNA extractions from faeces of the Western Lowland Gorilla, the effect of raptors on roosting behaviour of waders, and the distribution and abundance of snakes in degraded forests in Madagascar

TSB Accredited degreeThis programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

I really enjoyed being at a smaller university with smaller class sizes, getting the attention of the professors and the support of the University and the staff.

Tiffany Slater, Biology graduate, originally from Kentucky.

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We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.Find out more

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff

96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A2 another science, maths or statistics.

104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology.

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Taster days

An Applied Biology taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Applied Biology taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview.

The next taster day is on Tuesday 10 January 2017, 10am-2.30pm. For further information or to request a place please email or complete this enquiry form.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Animal Diversity
  • Cell Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology 


  • Health and Disease         
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry        
  • Basis of Biological Surveying
  • Human Origins
  • An Introduction to Sustainability

Year 2


  • Molecular Genetics and Conservation
  • Project and Career Development


  • Work Experience
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Animal Senses and Survival
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Field Techniques and Identification Skills
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters

Year 3


  • Independent Study            
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology


  • Work Experience
  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Animal Movement
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics 
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics 
  • Extension Module         
  • Parasitology
  • Research Methods and Research Project  
  • International Biology Field Trip             
  • Residential Environmental Field Trip          
  • Zoo-based conservation

Student experiences

In the first year the modules allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key elements of animal biology. In Years 2 and 3 the subjects become more specialised and our modular scheme allows you to focus on the aspects of animal life which you find most interesting, ranging from animal behaviour to eco-physiology. A strong practical emphasis runs throughout the course, complementing a traditional approach to learning and giving you the chance to develop the practical skills which could be of great value in later employment.

In your final year you will undertake an Independent Study on a subject of your choice, having been well prepared for this by a Project and Career Development module in Year 2. Past studies have included topics such as a comparison of two methods of DNA extractions from faeces of the Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla spp.gorilla), the effect of raptors on roosting behavior of waders, and the distribution and abundance of snakes in degraded forests in Madagascar.

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Animal Biology and so continue to understand new techniques and discoveries in the subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Animal Biology.

Teaching approach:

  • A variety of teaching methods are used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed- and self-directed study
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to enhance your employability
  • Some double modules to allow suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills
  • You will be taught in a friendly, supportive learning environment by enthusiastic staff
  • Three special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability
  • Regular Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to help guide and support your studies.



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    Former Shop Keeper Discovers a Talent for Academia on His Journey to Become a Zoo Keeper

    A shop keeper who dreamt of becoming a zoo keeper has discovered a talent for academia, which has resulted in him being awarded Best Research Paper of the Year by a leading science journal.

    Rob Shotton, who left school with no qualifications due to health problems, joined the University of Worcester’s Animal Biology degree at the age of 30 with hopes of pursuing a new career with animals.

    Read Rob's story


Where could it take you?

This course will prepare you for a number of different career paths including wildlife warden, health services, scientific research, teaching and education, as well as progression to higher degrees such as a PhD.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

In addition to being intrinsically fascinating, the study of animal biology is becoming increasingly important to our understanding of significant aspects of the environment, agriculture and the wider economy.

Dr Rob Herbert, Head of Applied Sciences


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Animal Biology BSc (Hons) - D300


Joint Honours:
Animal Biology and Ecology - CC31
Animal Biology and Physical - Geography FC83

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23