Animal Biology

What is animal biology?

Explore the form and function of animals, their adaptations to the environment, interaction, physiology and evolution. You’ll examine animal behaviour and learn how to conduct surveys for a variety of animal populations.

Learn the skills required to be an animal biologist who specialises in researching and analysing the habitats and characteristics of particular animals. A ty​​pical animal biologist will study all aspects of an animal’s life such as its origin, environment, population, behaviours, health and life cycle. Animal biologists are also commonly referred to as zoologists and wildlife biologists.

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What types of degrees can you get in animal biology?

  • BSc Animal biology / animal science
  • BSc Animal behaviour

Who would study an animal biology degree?

If you love animals, enjoy biology lessons, and would rather be out in the field than in the classroom all day, you should definitely consider an animal biology degree course. Some universities work with local wildlife trusts, giving students opportunities to take part in research and conservation work. Trips abroad to study more exotic wildlife are available on some courses too.

Where can an animal biology degree take you upon completion?

Your in-depth knowledge of animal sciences and lab and field work will equip you for a career in the environmental, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. There are also plenty of opportunities for further study, with many animal biology students staying on at university right through to PhD level. Graduates go on to work in roles including:

  • Animal biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife journalist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Conservation biologist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Teaching / Research
  • Ecological Consultant

What entry requirements are there for an animal biology / animal science degree course?

Animal biology is a science-based subject, and some courses won’t consider applicants without an A-Level in Biology and sometimes at least one other science subject too. Chemistry is usually preferred, but it could be Physics or Environmental Science instead. Some universities will also look kindly on students with an A-Level in Maths. When it comes to grade requirements it’s a lot more flexible. While AAB is the standard offer at most unis, some will accept ABB, BBB or BCC. At BTEC, that would be a DDM – DMM grade.

What is involved with an animal biology degree course?

You’ll learn through fieldwork, laboratory analysis, seminars, debates and lectures. Assessments may be through coursework, consultancy reports, presentations, essays, scientific reports and practical tests with an emphasis on active research areas. You’ll study a variety of modules from ‘animal behaviour’ to ‘climate change’.

Why should someone looking for an animal biology degree choose University of Gloucestershire?

Our biology degree courses ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction and 11th for research intensity (biological sciences) according to the Complete University Guide 2020.

You’ll have the opportunity to progress from field training in the UK to field research overseas, studying animal behaviour in South Africa or the ecology of alpine settings in Switzerland.

Owing to their applied content, our biology courses are recognised by the Royal Society of Biology – a worldwide community of cross-disciplinary scientists.

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The next steps

Interested in studying animal biology at university and applying for one of our animal biology courses? Applications for undergraduate animal biology degrees are made through UCAS. 

You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree using the link below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for a animal biology undergraduate degree