Postgraduate courses in Zoology can be included in or have significant overlap with courses on Ecology, Conservation and Biology.
Some masters courses in Zoology contain elements of research or training to work in Zoological research and others have an emphasis on practical skills in other careers within Zoology, such as working in a Zoo or Animal Conservation.
Here is our roundup of 10 of the best masters degree courses in Zoology in the UK and Europe*.
Cost: £8,337 for UK and EU students / £27,828 for international students.
What You Will Study: This is a one year full-time research masters program at the University of Cambridge, but there are some lectures that students must attend relating to transferable skills for their research.
Cost: £7,730 per year for a maximum of 2 years for UK and EU students / £23,950 per year for a maximum of 2 years for international students.
What You Will Study: Most research students undertake a DPhil in Zoology, but in exceptional circumstances of a student having outstanding academic credentials an MSc by Research in Zoology can be undertaken. Students at the University of Oxford must study for at least one year with full-time research, but it can take anywhere up to three years full-time to complete the MSc by Research.
Cost: £15,220 for UK and EU students / £27,470 for international students.
What You Will Study: This full-time course at UCL takes one year to complete. The course is offered in conjunction with the Natural History Museum in London and the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London. The aim of the course is to provide training to work in research within Zoological sciences.
Cost: £12,000 total cost for UK and EU students / £23,500 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Students at Imperial College London can study part time for two or three years or full time for one year to complete the course. Modules include Behavioural Ecology, Paleobiology, and Genomics and Bioinformatics.
Cost: No cost for Swedish and EU students / 280,000 SEK total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Students at Stockholm University in Sweden study this course on a full-time basis in two years. The course is flexible, taught in English and students can focus on Zoology.
Cost: CHF 850 per semester for all students (the course takes three semesters to complete).
What You Will Study: Students at the University in Basel in Switzerland complete this course in English in one year studying full time and the course focuses on Zoology and Evolutionary Biology.
Cost: £12,100 for UK and EU students / £21,700 for international students.
What You Will Study: This MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation is based at the Bristol Veterinary School and offered in conjunction with Bristol Zoo students build on their previous Zoological knowledge and practical skills. The course takes one year with full-time study only.
Cost: £11,200 total cost for all UK and EU students / £21,950 total cost for all international students.
What You Will Study: Students at QMUL learn important zoological issues in the management and policy development of ecological systems. Students have access to the Freshwater Biological Association's River Laboratory in Dorset for research and the course takes one year studying full-time or two years studying part-time.
Cost: £12,250 for UK and EU students / £24,600 for international students.
What You Will Study: Students at the University of Sheffield learn how to research and influence policy with a focus on NGOs and global ecological policy. Modules include Biodiversity in Space and Time, Global Conservation Issues, and Agricultural Ecology in a Changing World. The course takes one-year studying full time.
Cost: £13,500 for UK and EU students / £23,400 for international students.
What You Will Study: Students at the University of Exeter take one year to complete this course studying full time and the course comprises of significant amounts of research at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation in Cornwall.
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