Not many degrees give you the chance to study animals in their natural habitat or get your hands on a lion's skull at the University's own museum, but with our BSc Zoology course that's just a tiny part of what's on offer. Many other universities offer a one-size-fits-all shared first year to all students from ecologists to biochemists, but at the University of Reading you will study animals from day one. You will have the opportunity to build up field experience and select optional modules to follow your specific interests in this vast and fascinating area of study. You will learn about the structure and function of animals, taxonomy, population ecology, biodiversity, animal conservation, and the evolution of animal behaviour and how it affects interactions with other species. In the final year, you can complete a cutting-edge research project under expert supervision, either in the field or the lab – an opportunity that is no longer offered in many universities. We arrange projects on a wide range of animals including urban mammals such as hedgehogs and foxes, as well as red kites, insects and pond or freshwater animals, and we also offer projects on animals in zoos.