**Interested in protecting endangered species, safeguarding habitats or encouraging greater understanding of animals in the wild and in captivity? Our degree helps you build the intellectual, professional, personal and technical skills you need.** **WHY STUDY ZOOLOGY AT DERBY?** - Our zoology course was one of the first of its kind in the country to receive accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology, an accolade which carries significant weight within the sector and is only granted after a rigorous independent assessment. In addition, we also have accredited degree pathway status from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). - Focusing on animal biology, our zoology course covers a broad range of topics such as wildlife conservation, ecology and animal behaviour. You’ll also cover the sciences that underpin zoology including genetics, biochemistry and statistics. - You can hone your skills in our high-spec laboratories, insectary, aquatic research facility (created in partnership with SeaLife, Birmingham) and dedicated student research lab. Fieldwork is a vital element of this course and underpins our CIEEM accreditation. Our zoology students have studied animal interaction at Twycross Zoo, conducted ecological projects in Majorca, and undertaken scientific investigations in the Maldives. - You’ll benefit from work placements with a broad range of employers from zoos and wildlife parks to museums, conservation organisations, ecological consultancies and government bodies and will have the opportunity to go on paid internships with the University or employers. You could also get involved in voluntary work with zoology related industries and the wider community, contributing to initiatives which help safeguard local nature sites and improve the region's green spaces. - You’ll learn from an enthusiastic and dedicated teaching team, most of whom are active researchers pursuing important studies into diverse topics. **WHAT YOU'LL COVER** - Your first year provides an introduction to themes such as the basic concepts of chemistry and interactions between organisms and their environment, and how they have adapted to life on land. In your second and third years, we take your knowledge to an advanced level by exploring subjects such as bio-innovation, habitat management, genomics, oncology and immunology, tropical marine biology, science communication, and ecological consultancy. You’ll be taught through lectures and tutorials, supported by hands-on practicals and fieldwork. **HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED** - Assessment is varied and includes computer-based assessments, scientific posters and oral presentations, professional reports, essays, making short videos, fieldwork and laboratory reports, as well as traditional written examinations. **YOUR CAREER** - Our focus is on ensuring you develop strong intellectual, technical and personal skills to build an impressive CV and meet the needs of employers. Recent graduates have gone on to work in zoos, wildlife parks, wildlife trusts, ecology, marine science the RSPCA, the Environment Agency, veterinary practices and environmental consultancy. In addition, our zoology course provides an excellent preparation if you would like to move on to further study, including medical qualifications, a masters degree or a PhD. **STUDY OPTIONS** - This course is available with a Foundation Year option. - You can combine another subject with this course to study a Joint Honours degree.