About This Course
Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.
H5 in two subjects and O6 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate See Requirements for full details.
Zoology is the scientific study of animals and covers all aspects of animal life. This wide-ranging discipline covers anatomy, animal behaviour, physiology, life cycles and populations.
Zoology is a core discipline for the biological sciences and for the environmental and earth-system sciences. With wildlife and habitats under continuing pressure, zoology is an important area of study that can have a real world impact. We study how animals shape our planet (such as the formation of coral reefs) and our lives (e.g. the role of parasites) and how animals play important roles in our ecosystems and food security (e.g. pollinators, fisheries & aquaculture). We also study animals because they are increasingly threatened with extinction and zoologists gather data to help inform management decisions to conserve populations.
Students will learn about all animal biology, from microscopic, single-celled forms to complex forms such as fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. At UCC we focus on many different aspects of animals in marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats, including conservation and management, animal behaviour (in the wild and at the nearby Fota wildlife park), evolution, health and disease, physiology, anatomy, climate change and of course biodiversity. We put a lot of emphasis on providing students with scientific training and transferrable skills including lab, numerical and field skills, so they can evaluate science and help contribute to policy and conservation.
Year 1 Modules
Refer to CK404 for more details.
Year 2 Modules
- AE2001- Fundamentals of Ecology
- AE2007 - Practical Ecological Skills
- BL2001 - Plant and Animal Genetics
- BL2002 – Understanding and Reviewing Science Literature
- ST2001 - Introduction to Biostatistics
- ZY2000 – Vertebrate Diversity
- ZY2005 – Invertebrate Diversity
- ZY2006 – Vertebrate Diversity 2
- ZY2007 – Practical Invertebrate Skills
- GS2002 – The Evolving Earth
- MA1002 – Calculus for Science Part 2
- PS2001 – Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
- PS2002 - Ecological Plant Physiology
- PS2003 - Plant Identification
Year 3 Modules
- AE3013 - Practical Field Ecology (residential field course)
- BL3001 - Literature Review
- BL3002 - Evolution and Diversity
- BL3003 - Conservation Biology
- BL3004 - Research Skills in Biology
- ST3001 - Biostatistics I
- ZY3015 – Advanced Vertebrate Zoology
- ZY3019 – Adaptations to Extreme Environments
- ZY3020 – Animal Behaviour
- ZY3023 - Advanced Invertebrate Zoology
Year 4 Modules
- AE4012 – Landscape Conservation and Management (Burren residential field course) or
- ZY4020 – Temperate Marine Biology (Millport Residential field course)
- BL4001 –Zoology Research Project
- BL4004 – Frontiers in Biology
- ZY4016 – Biology of Marine Mammals
- ZY4021 - Evolutionary Ecology
- ZY4022 – Pathogen Biology, Ecology and Control
- AE4016 – Advanced Ecology and Biogeography
- BL4003 – Work Placement
- BL4006 – Sustainable Food Production
- EV4012 – Environmental Impact Assessments
- GL4024 – Exceptional Glimpses of Ancient Life
- PS4021 – The Environmentally Protective Management of plant Pests and Pathogens
- PS4024 – Crop Physiology and Climate Change
- ST4001 – Biostatistics II
Lectures: In addition to lectures, courses are taught through several different media, including tutorials, seminars and films.
Lab/practical: Laboratory classes and individual study also form part of the coursework.
Field trips: Fieldwork is organised as part of the course.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, assessed practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice questionnaires, assessed presentations, and project work. This variety of assessments provides a broad skills base of relevance to future employment.
Who teaches this course?
Staff at School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC.
Why Choose This Course
Zoology is a wide-ranging scientific area covering all aspects of animal life. It is a core discipline for the biological sciences and environmental and earth system sciences, and it plays an important role in modern developments in biotechnology, genetics, animal behaviour and physiology, parasitology, and ecology. It is also fundamental in applied fields such as environmental biology, pest and disease management, aquaculture and fisheries.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
The School of BEES operates an exchange system mainly with North American universities that allows students to substitute a year abroad for year 3 in UCC. A work experience module is also available to year four students, enabling you to spend six to ten weeks in a structured working environment where you are evaluated both on your contribution to the placement institution and by a report on your experience.
Skills and Careers Information
The skills developed during the degree will be attractive to a wide range of employers. Zoologists work as scientists with government departments such as in aquaculture and fisheries, wildlife, conservation, forestry services, wildlife parks and nature reserves. They work as environmental policy officers, in environmental consultancies, in print and film media, in science journalism, as museum curators, education officers, in non-governmental organisations and with industry, including food producers. Many graduates continue as research scientists. A zoological training is also relevant for other biological disciplines, in industry and in teaching.
Leaving Certificate entry requirements:
At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
H4 in Maths or Applied Maths or Lab Science
FETAC: FETAC Requirements.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.
Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.
Fees and Costs
Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138.
Please see Fees Office for more information.
Students will be expected to pay for some small laboratory items such as lab coats and contribute towards the cost of field trips.
For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.
How Do I Apply
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the Central Applications Office page for further information.
Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)
QQI FET/FETAC Applicants
See the CAO QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.
Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.