Evolution, behaviour and environment

Undergraduate study

Evolution, behaviour and environment

Our students come from many educational backgrounds. We value this diversity and understand the importance of getting to know students as individuals. Small-group classes in tutorials, laboratory practicals and fieldwork are at the heart of our teaching and our students join active research groups for their final-year research project.

Being located in the UNESCO Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere, one of only six in the UK, and right next to the South Downs National Park, there are few better places to study biology, ecology or zoology in the UK.

Our degrees courses include a range of options that enable you to tailor your degree to reflect your interests and career choices.


Our Biology courses will equip you with a wide range of knowledge and skills relevant to modern biological sciences.

Biology at Sussex includes a broad range of modules in the first two years of study giving students broad exposure to a range of biological sciences and to a range of academics at the forefront of their field.  This equips students with a wealth of knowledge and experience to pursue their own personal interests and career choices.

Here at Sussex, the course includes much practical training which equips students with the key skills required to conduct their own research projects.

Ecology and environment

Ecology, Conservation and Environment is a degree that is suitable for people who are curious and care about the natural world.

Our aim with the degree is to train individuals to manage and provide solutions to the current issues fundamental to ecology and the environment.

Ecology is an interdisciplinary subject as it includes biology and geography which means that as a student you will be taught by our academics from both the School of Life Sciences and the School of Global Studies thus benefiting from the different perspectives these two Schools have to offer.


Zoology is the study of animals, how they function, behave and evolve. Most students study zoology because they are fascinated by animals, but zoology is also of real-world importance.

Environmental changes mean that many species of beneficial or ecologically important animals are under serious threat, while pest species and disease vectors are expanding.

Understanding zoology is essential for the conservation and management of animals. There has never been a greater need for zoologists than today.
At Sussex you will be taught by some of the leading scientists in their fields, with particular research and teaching strengths in the behaviour, conservation and evolution of animals, from white sharks and spider monkeys to ants and cuttlefish.