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MSc Applied Zoo Biology (Fulltime)

University Centre Sparsholt Postgraduate Degrees

Full time September MSc One year full-time

About the course

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Why choose this degree?

  • Taught by industry experts who are research active and have strong national and international links
  • Benefit from one of the largest collections of animals in a UK college in our BIAZA-member centre
  • Combine work and study with the part-time course option, supported by a virtual learning environment to enable study off-site

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What will I learn?

Building on a strong science foundation, the course is designed to expand your knowledge of zoo animal biology and refine your research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour, population management and the wider roles of the modern zoo such as visitor learning.

In addition to traditional lectures and seminars, units are delivered using the

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Entry Requirements

BSc (Hons) in Animal Management, Animal Science or a related subject at 2:2 or above.

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MSc Applied Zoo Biology

“It was a no-brainer when considering where I wanted to take my education further”

I’ve always been a Sparsholt student – I first completed my Diploma in Horse Management, then a BSc in Equine Science, before then switching it all up and going on to MSc Applied Zoo Biology. It was a no-brainer when considering where I wanted to take my education further – it had to be Sparsholt. The campus is absolutely stunning, and the facilities and lecturers are brilliant.

I was concerned that I was going to struggle on this course, as I had a three-year gap from education and I previously studied only horses! However, all of the staff at Sparsholt have been very supportive, as have my peers, so the transition to a new course was much easier than expected! We have had so many trips to different collections where we’ve learnt data collection skills. We’ve even had a special behind the scenes tour at Tring Natural History Museum, where we saw the genuine specimens that Charles Darwin brought back from the Galapagos.

One of the best and most important parts of this course was the opportunity to apply for an Internship at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. I’m pleased to say I am currently the Large Mammal intern. This opportunity is fantastic as this industry is really difficult to get into, and having six months experience to add to my CV along with my qualifications are going to make a huge difference when applying for jobs. My tutor, Kerry Hunt, has been so supportive in preparing me for the internship and she has always been at the other end of the phone when I’ve needed to speak to her.

My aim is to work in the zoo industry to gain experience and I have just been offered a trainee keeper job at WWT Arundel! Sparsholt has given me multiple opportunities to develop my skills and forge industry relationships and I would love to progress onto a PhD one day.

Sparsholt also has such a reputation; it is so positively recognised in the industry. The facilities are really good and there are always new developments to the campus. I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future.

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MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training

After finishing school at 16 I came straight to Sparsholt, completing a Level 3 extended diploma in Equine Management, before continuing to do a degree, and a master’s.

The lecturing staff really are phenomenal. The small class sizes that Sparsholt offer means that not only do they know your name, they get to know you as a person and find out what you what to achieve. They also have hands-on experience of the industry, so are well equipped to prepare you for whatever career path you decide to take.

The equestrian facilities are brilliant – and are now even better with the addition of Charisma, the Racewood Simulator. UCS also hosts a wide range of industry standard research equipment that you have fantastic access to as a student.

Whilst studying here I developed a real interest in the ‘research side’ of the course. My lecturers noticed this and really helped me to pursue this, setting me up to work on my dissertation with some of the best equine researchers, giving me numerous opportunities to get involved with university research.

I loved studying here so much that after my master’s I decided to continue to PhD level at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, which is something I never thought I would say.

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