Zoology in Relation to Medicine and Veterinary Science BSc

Year of entry

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
1 year full time

Course overview

Zoology in Relation to Medicine and Veterinary Science Intercalated BSc

Zoology is the study of animals at all levels, from their evolutionary origins to their molecular and cell biology. On this course you will gain an in-depth knowledge of animal physiology, diseases, behaviour and ecology. You will also be provided with the opportunity to explore the management and conservation of animals in the fight agaionst habitat loss, climate change and human exploitation.

With this intercalated course you will gain a deeper insight into a wide range of animals and their role in a human-dominated world. You can choose to study animals, including humans, from a broad perspective. This may include parasitic infections, development, behaviour, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, welfare and conservation. During your independent research project, you'll be encouraged to design and analyse your own experiment, which will equip you with numerous transferrable skills.

This degree will give you a strong grounding in essential zoology that will allow you to make better-informed judgements during your career.

Course details

Research projects

A wide range of research topics are available, such as parasite-host interactions, animal development, animal nutrition, sustainable livestock production, conservation ecology and animal behaviour. These projects are an important way for you to learn about independent scientific research and develop important skills for future employment. The data from some of our best projects have been used in scientific publications, with students involved in authorship.

Recent examples include:

  • Biosecurity to slow the spread of invasive species
  • The effect of parasitic infection on animal behaviour
  • Foraging behaviour of gannets
  • Diseases of marine mammals
  • Functional diversity of coral reef fishes
  • Insect sperm competition
  • The role of the Major Histocompatibility Complex in human mate choice
  • Animal welfare in pig production
  • The exotic pet trade and the sale of endangered species

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Zoology in Relation to Medicine and Veterinary Science BSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Biology Integrated Research Projects 40

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative), practical reports and written examinations. The in course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classification will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.

Entry requirements

Other course specific tests:

Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent.

For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £30,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will be £9,250 for students starting in 2024/25.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only, as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2025/26
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2025/26 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. When the fee is available we will update individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 and 2025/26
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 are available on individual course pages. Fees for students starting in 2025/26 will be available from September 2024.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


The personal statement should demonstrate interest and enthusiasm in international health. In addition the statement should provide evidence of the following: curricular and extra-curricular engagement with international health; awareness of health care system issues in international health; awareness of wider health system issues in international health.

This course is taught by

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Contact us

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Email: fbsadmissions@leeds.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The course is designed to give you a challenging, yet enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.