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Programme structure: Zoology (MSci) for 2018/19 entry cohort

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

This Integrated Master's programme has been designated as type II: Advanced Study in accordance with the QAA descriptors for Master's programmes. Please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes for further information on this type of programme.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Quantitative Methods in Biology BIOL20001 10 Mandatory
Science and Success: Writing, Speaking and Communicating Science BIOL20017 10 Mandatory
Computational Methods in Biology BIOL20018 10 Mandatory
Molecular Genetics BIOL20015 20 Mandatory
Evolutionary Biology BIOL20212 10 Mandatory
At least three units chosen from:
Neurobiology: from nerve cells to behaviour BIOL20102 10 Optional
Acquisition of Behaviour BIOL20103 10 Optional
Behavioural Ecology BIOL20104 10 Optional
Parasite Biology BIOL20202 10 Optional
Insect Biology BIOL20204 10 Optional
Plus other units from:
Plant Disease BIOL20008 10 Optional
Cell and Developmental Biology BIOL20011 10 Optional
Ecology BIOL20012 10 Optional
Green Planet BIOL20013 10 Optional
Sensory Biology BIOL20016 10 Optional
Conservation Biology BIOL20401 10 Optional
Marine Ecology and Physiology BIOL21403 10 Optional
Diploma of Higher Education   120  

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, and the Gateway programmes or for International Foundation Programmes please see the student handbook available on Blackboard.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).