Zoology with Primatology BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeC329
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Zoology is the branch of biology that deals with the study of animals in all their diversity. It covers a wide range of topics, including behaviour, ecology, evolution, anatomy, physiology, development and taxonomy.

Within the broad Zoology remit, this degree focuses specifically on the primates (apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises). These species include our closest living and extinct relatives, and of course also our own species, Homo sapiens. On the Zoology with Primatology degree, our aim is to provide you with a sound and broad zoological training, with a special focus on this fascinating group of mammals.

Primatology is a dynamic discipline offering students the opportunity to bridge many fields, from the zoological strands mentioned above to cognitive science, anthropology, psychology and even archaeology. It combines classic field and experimental approaches with cutting-edge technology to solve some of the most fascinating theoretical conundrums in Zoology and provide solutions to the urgent conservation challenges facing one of the most threatened groups of mammals on the planet. It thus offers a richly stimulating ground for the training and learning of future zoologists, and an opportunity to get to grips with questions like ‘where do humans come from?’ and ‘how do we fit into the natural world around us?’

You will have the opportunity to acquire a broad range of laboratory and field skills, at home and abroad, and all the transferable skills associated with scientific training (including skills in data analysis, writing skills, presentation skills, IT skills and independent and group-working skills). You will have access to a spread of Zoology modules covering vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as a suite of specialist modules on primatology and human evolution.

We even have an optional Primatology Field Course which takes students to the “primate capital of the world”, Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Our excellent teaching facilities include a Zoology museum with a diverse collection of vertebrate and invertebrate specimens, including primates, a growing collection of non-human primate and early human fossil casts, marine and freshwater aquaria and a botanical garden close to the Menai Strait. We are also part of the Environment Centre Wales, which is a partnership between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor’s established Zoological and Primatological research programmes place cutting-edge science centre stage, and this feeds through to inform our teaching on this course.
  • Our expertise in the School encompasses studies on biogeography, evolution and behaviour, molecular ecology, population genetics and developmental biology, as well as primate behavioural ecology, primate (including human) evolutionary anatomy and ecology, and human evolution.
  • Budding primatologists will be part of a School with an established and growing primatology research group, through which they can engage with ongoing research activities and interact with specialist staff.
  • Our excellent teaching facilities give students access to modern laboratories, a Natural History Museum, a botanical garden and marine and freshwater aquaria.
  • Bangor’s location makes it an idea place to study zoology, as we have an extensive range of local habitats teeming with animal life.
  • We offer a range of field and laboratory experiences, from labs and practical or field-based sessions incorporated into our modules through to dissertation opportunities and the chance to do placements or exchanges with industry.

Course Content

Students are required to take 120 credits each year made up of lectures, practicals and interactive exercises, as well as field trips and tutorials in years 1 and 2. The final year includes a dissertation project, which is supervised by a member of staff on a subject to suit your interests. Modules become more specialised as the degree progresses and the number of compulsory modules varies between years. Assessment is by a mixture of formal examination and continuous assessment. Welsh medium modules are also available.

Primatology and human evolution teaching make particular use of the Brambell Natural History museum’s primate collection and our team’s growing teaching set of human fossil casts.

The lecturers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting have all been very enthusiastic and passionate about the topics we discuss, and this passion is apparent in lectures.

Simran Prasad
Zoology with Marine Zoology

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Organismal Diversity
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Principles of Life
  • Practical Skills 1
  • Practical Skills 2
  • Tutorials 

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Bioscience Skills
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Introduction to Primatology

Optional but recommended:

  • Primatology Field Course – Kibale National Park, Uganda

Optional modules:

  • Other Field Courses
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Principles of Conservation
  • Conservation Practice
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Invertebrates
  • Integrated Zoology
  • Principles of Life 2
  • Introduction to Herpetology
  • Introduction to Ornithology

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Advances in Primatology
  • Dissertation
  • Science and Employability Skills

Optional modules:

  • Human Evolutionary Biology (recommended)
  • Advances in Behaviour
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • Animal Survival Strategies
  • Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Life in Wetlands
  • Life in a Changing Climate
  • Attack and Defence in Plants

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Zoology with Primatology Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Bangor’s Zoology alumni have gained employment in wildlife management, environmental consultancy, government organisations, non-governmental organisations like the National Trust or the RSPB, teaching and local and national media, among other professions.

They have also gone on to a range of postgraduate study programmes.

Employability and the School of Natural Sciences

As a graduate with a good degree from the School of Natural Sciences, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a Biological Sciences degree is essential, and careers for which Biological Sciences provides a useful base.

In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a Biological Sciences degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.

Find out more on the School's 'Careers for our graduates' pages.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

For 2020 entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels. For BSc - including grade C in Biology if studying 1 other science subject - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environment Science, Geography, Geology; or grade B in Biology if not studying another science subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Including H5 in Biology. 
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma: DMM including Merits in 4 Biology modules. Modules accepted: Animal Biology; Animal Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Behaviour and Communication; Animal Breeding and Genetics; Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques; Biochemistry and Microbiology; Fundamentals of Science; Genetics and Genetic Engineering; Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation; Physiology of Human Body systems; Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction; Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation. Other Biology-related modules considered case by case. 
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical (1080) / Extended Diploma: Distinction overall including 4 Biology modules from the following: Animal Behaviour and Communication, Biological Systems of Animals, Wildlife and Ecology Conservation, Inheritance and Genetics, Ecological Concepts and Application, Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation. Other Biology-related modules considered case by case. 
  • Access to HE in the Sciences: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com

For 2019 entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels. For BSc - including grade C in Biology if studying 1 other science subject - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environment Science, Geography, Geology; or grade B in Biology if not studying another science subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Including H5 in Biology. 
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma: DMM including Merits in 4 Biology modules. Modules accepted: Animal Biology; Animal Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Behaviour and Communication; Animal Breeding and Genetics; Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques; Biochemistry and Microbiology; Fundamentals of Science; Genetics and Genetic Engineering; Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation; Physiology of Human Body systems; Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction; Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation. Other Biology-related modules considered case by case. 
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical (1080) / Extended Diploma: Distinction overall including 4 Biology modules from the following: Animal Behaviour and Communication, Biological Systems of Animals, Wildlife and Ecology Conservation, Inheritance and Genetics, Ecological Concepts and Application, Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation. Other Biology-related modules considered case by case. 
  • Access to HE in the Sciences: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Mandatory costs:

At present, the Zoology with Primatology primate-specific modules do not include many costs like this, but you may incur some if you choose to purchase your own copies of core textbooks instead of using the libraries’ copies or to purchase specialist software instead of using University computers.

Necessarily incurred costs:

If you choose to do International Experience or a Placement Year this will have associated costs of travel and so on, and you may find on some modules that you need to purchase wet-weather or specialist field clothing or personal protective equipment.

Some BSc and MZool dissertation projects may require travel for data collection or to attend conferences or specialist training.

Optional costs:

Optional costs for Zoology with Primatology may include field trip costs if you choose that module, e.g. the Primatology Field Course module currently costs around £1800-2000 for the two week field trip to Uganda. Other field trip options will vary in price.

You may choose to join a professional zoological or primatological society, but this is not essential for the course.

Alternatively, you may incur optional costs for graduation or attendance at some of our wide range of additional student experiences. Many of our offerings, like many Welcome Week activities, do not cost the student anything extra, but there may be exceptions especially for student society trips or extra-curriculars. These are entirely optional. 

Please note: The above examples are not exhaustive and specific examples are subject to change with inflation etc. (e.g. we cannot guarantee the cost of the Uganda field-trip prior to the year it is undertaken). Costs will depend on your choice of course and modules. There may be additional course-specific costs if you are a joint-honours student or in other ways have affiliations to several Schools.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

The Admissions Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388618
E-mail: zoology@bangor.ac.uk  

Why study a Biological Sciences degree?

  • Bangor University has a long tradition in teaching and research in the Biological Sciences.
  • Research submitted by Biological Sciences has been recognised as being within the top 20 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Our students enjoy being here and expressed their praise for the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided by Biological Sciences
  • Our staff have a strong commitment to providing excellent teaching and care for their students.
  • We have excellent facilities for the study of both flora and fauna – these include snake, lizard and fish collections a Botanic Garden and a Natural History Museum.
  • We offer a wide range of degrees in the Biological Sciences encompassing 'traditional' disciplines such as Zoology and Biology to Biology with Biotechnology.
  • We offer the opportunity to study at a university in the United States for all or part of the second year.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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