University of Bristol

Our Zoology intercalated degree course is based around our traditional strengths in whole organism biology (that is, behaviour, parasitology and ecology), as well as excellence in cell and molecular biology.

We have an international reputation for the outstanding quality of our research, which underpins our commitment to teaching. Many of our staff are world leaders in their fields, giving you the opportunity to learn from those involved in shaping the latest advances in biology. Our passionate belief is that the big advances in biology come from interdisciplinarity and addressing problems on multiple levels. That breadth and ambition is reflected in our teaching. Our exceptional teaching standards have been rated as ‘excellent’ by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The intercalated year comprises two major elements: a literature review and a 12-week practical research project. You will also take six lecture units from a range of options, including at least three of the following:

  • Sex, Behaviour and Life Histories
  • Sensory Ecology
  •  Communication and Cognition in Animal SocietiesStaying Alive
  • Oceans
  • Social Evolution

Studying zoology involves a considerable amount of self-directed learning and independent reading compared with veterinary science. This is particularly true of the research project, which, despite academic supervision, demands high levels of independence and self-organisation.

Entry requirements

You can study a BSc after two or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.