Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORN310 Honours Project

      This module allows students to explore in detail an academic subject of their choice. The module comprises a substantial research study element, which includes a literature review, experimental design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and report writing.

    • CORN306 Applications of Zoology

      This module enables students to study and develop ideas related to selected zoological themes relevant to the workplace or research situation. The student will explore these themes through the literature, seminars and tutorials developing his/her own research skills.

    • CORN311 Research Methods in Pure and Applied Sciences

    Optional modules
    • CORN313 Wildlife Conservation

      This module allows students to examine the application of science to the practice of wildlife management and the impact of environmental law and policy on the biological outcomes for threatened species and ecosystems. The module has a strong emphasis on field-based experience with the added knowledge of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to back up the practical applications, and link into WBL.

    • CORN304 Zoology and Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems

      This module focuses on recent advances in the biology, ecology and conservation of animal life within freshwater and marine environments, and addresses how conservation measures can ensure marine life and the marine environment can be utilised in a sustainable way.

    • CORN305 Communicating Zoology

      In this module you will explore how zoological science is effectively and appropriately communicated to a range of audiences and extend your skills in using a variety of media and evaluating their effectiveness in the delivery of coherent messages.

    • CORN302 Animal Communication

      To understand the role of communication in zoology, both for the animals themselves and for zoology as a discipline. Practical applications to be considered include assessments of conservation status and welfare. Communication's contribution to underlying concepts and approaches will also be highlighted, particularly in co-evolution and social behaviour.

    • CORN312 Current Issues in Animal Behaviour

      To understand why some issues are currently the subject of research in animal behaviour; both in the context of a critical understanding of the adaptive value of behaviour and its applications in zoology. To develop skill in observing and recording animal behaviour.

    • CORN327 Impacts of Disease

      This module will explore the biology of animal diseases, and the consequences of morbidity for animal welfare & behaviour; husbandry practices in various contexts; biodiversity conservation; and agricultural economies.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with Cornwall College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a college closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

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