MSci Zoology (C303)

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UCAS code C303
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 241 overall for Biological Sciences courses

About MSci Zoology

The MSci is for students with ambitions to continue in zoological research and who want the extra experience and a competitive edge in applying for PhDs or research jobs.

The first three years are the same as the BSc course, beginning broadly before introducing more choice to pursue your interests from year two onwards. The fourth year offers advanced skills training and a substantial research project, especially valuable for those who want to pursue a career in zoology.

We have outstanding facilities in our brand new state-­of-­the-­art Life Sciences Building, and our lecturers are top researchers in their fields.

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Find out more about studying Biological Sciences at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Diversity of Life
  • Life Processes
  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • A third unit pertinent to the degree programme

Second year

  • Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Molecular Methodology for Biologists
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Science and Success: writing, speaking and communicating science
  • Field Course or laboratory workshop
  • Seven additional lecture units, biased towards animal-related topics

Third year

  • Field Course Report
  • Literature Review
  • Practical Research Project
  • Six lecture units from a wide choice across the spectrum of biology

Fourth year

  • Professional Development for the Life Sciences
  • Understanding Data: Experimental Design and Statistics for Life Scientists
  • Research Project Literature Review and Planning
  • Practical Research Project.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Zoology

Typical offer for MSci Zoology - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in each of two sciences, and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DDD in Science and grade A in A-level Mathematics or Science
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in science/mathematics subjects*
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*Suitable science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B or above in Mathematics, English Language and Science. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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