BSc (Hons) Animal Biology

Undergraduate, Part-time

Animal Biology BSc (Hons)



Gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career in wildlife conservation by exploring how animals interact and adapt to their environment.

Overview

You’ll gain a solid foundation in the biological sciences but specialise in the study of the rich diversity of animals, from species on the bottom of the ocean to those in your back garden.

You’ll discover how studies in animal behaviour, ecology, physiology and evolution help us to understand animals in their natural environment. You'll explore the main environmental threats faced by animals, how to assess their habitats and appreciate the many ways to enact effective conservation.

It is important to note that our Biology Suite content is currently under review. Should you require any further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact Eva Malone, Programme Leader on e.malone@napier.ac.uk with 'Biology Suite Content Enquiry' as the subject. Thank you and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Mode of Study:

Part-time

(available as full-time)

Duration:

6 years


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Course details

You’ll get hands-on fieldwork experience, including residential field trips to the Isle of Cumbrae and the Algarve. Your learning is also supported by internationally recognised research and you'll get the opportunity to conduct your own research project, benefitting from the knowledge of our diverse staff and links with external organisations.

You'll develop a range of specialist skills relevant to future career paths such as:

  • species identification
  • field surveys in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments
  • collection and analysis of behavioural data
  • laboratory-based investigations
The applied nature of this course develops skills that enhance your employability, including team working, problem solving, research, communication and IT. You’ll also acquire specialist analytical and numerical skills, be able to collect a range of biological data and communicate scientific information effectively.

Local industry links help you with gaining work-related experience and project opportunities which will enhance your ability to compete for jobs after graduation.

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

The emphasis on research also equips you with the knowledge and skills to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study within Edinburgh Napier University.

Popular modules

Common foundation year 
  • Foundation in Science
  • Life on Earth
  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Cell biology 

Year 2
  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Practical Skills in Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Physiology, Adaptation and Disease
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Option module

Year 3 
  • Research Methods
  • Habitat Assessment and GIS
  • Ecology Field Studies 
  • Conservation Biology
  • Terrestrial Field Ecology
  • Option module

Year 4 
  • Professional Practice
  • Advances in Animal Behaviour 
  • Current Topics in Ecology
  • Project (60 credits)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

Please note this course will not be open to applicants for Year 1 entry in 2018. Applicants wishing to apply for a Year 1 Bio-Science course should refer to one of the following courses: BSc Biomedical Science (B940), BSc Biological Science (C120), BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology (C160), BSc Applied Microbiology (C510) or BSc Animal and Conservation Biology (CC11).

Minimum year 2

Please note this course will not be open to applicants for Year 2 entry in 2018. Applicants wishing to apply for a Year 2 Bio-Science course should refer to one of the following courses: BSc Biomedical Science (B940), BSc Biological Science (C120), BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology (C160), BSc Applied Microbiology (C510) or BSc Animal and Conservation Biology (CC11).

Minimum year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject** with Grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units

**Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 tba
Overseas £2,392 tba


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Careers

Graduate opportunities are diverse and you will leave the course prepared for employment in a range of sectors including:
  • species conservation and habitat protection
  • ecology and environmental management
  • field surveying
  • environmental charities
  • consultancies and government agencies
You may also continue on to postgraduate study, including MSc courses in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Conservation and Management of Protected Area, Ecotourism or PhD research.