For the next 4 years I’ll have the honor of studying Zoology at the University of Cumbria. The course is one that I fell in love with from the second go – it provides everything that someone who has the desire to become a Zoologist could dream of along with countless added bonuses such as you’ll be based in Cumbria, the Eden of all British counties where the word Biodiversity originated from. Along with that the county is anything but dead for British wildlife: Sea Lamprey, Norther Goshawk, Atlantic Salmon, Western Osprey, all 3sp of Sundew and European Honey-buzzard, the list is utterly endless. I could go on all day about how the University of Cumbria is small but mighty, so instead below are several points about the Zoology course taught here in Carlisle which I’ve borrowed from the University’s website:
- Train in wildlife monitoring techniques with the kit used by professionals (which you can borrow to pursue your own interests!).
- Study in stunning new laboratories with cutting-edge technology and methods used throughout the professional world.
- Learn from academic tutors who are active zoologists and vets with close links to the industry, and internationally-renowned researchers.
- Our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects.
- Take part in exciting placements, studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards and dolphins.
- The opportunity to do voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to boost your CV and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of species e.g. adders, dragonflies, butterflies and birds.
- Conduct your own research in Africa and the UK (you can also get involved in academic tutors’ scientific studies!).
- Field work opportunity to the Gambia to work with critically endangered species.
- Practical-focused course so most of the time you’ll be doing zoology hands-on (for example only 10% of the assessment in 1st year is by written exam).
If you want to learn more about the course and the mad hatter aka Dr. Roy Armstrong who once you meet you’ll never forget, just click on the following link – University of Cumbria Zoology