Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Behaviour

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From ragworms and rhinos to locusts and lemurs, the animal world is an ever-changing and always-fascinating place to explore. On our Animal Behaviour degree, you can delve in and discover it all – developing an understanding of the vast range and huge importance of animal behaviour. With us, you’ll consider the drivers of animal behaviour, looking at the interaction of genetics, evolutionary history and present-day environments. You’ll also investigate how and why behaviour changes over an animal’s lifetime, from genetic and hormonal factors to the physiological and environmental mechanisms. Through a blend of laboratory and field work, we’ll show you how to record behavioural data and use professional-grade software for its analysis – vital tools in improving the welfare and management of domestic, wild and zoo populations. Our Animal Behaviour course also provides the option of spending an extra year expanding your horizons, either studying with one of our partner universities overseas, or working on a placement with a business or non-governmental organisation. FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

  • Explore the topics and issues that shape the world around us, and choose from a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms within animal behaviour and biology.
  • Take the four-year route, spending a year studying overseas in Europe, North America or Australia, or boosting your career prospects with a 12-month placement.
  • Develop practical skills in the laboratory and in the field, both in the UK and overseas – that could include fieldwork in Portugal, Tanzania, Kenya or South America.
  • Learn in high-spec laboratories, including a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour, freshwater and terrestrial ecology labs and controlled environment plant growth chambers.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeC120
Institution code M40
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points
A level BCC - BBC To include grade C in Biology (including a Pass in A level Biology Practical) or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management to include four units at merit or above from the following units: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 20, 24 Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Animal Management to include 60 level 3 credits at grade distinction from the following units: 02, 03, 07, 08, 13, 16, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Applied Science DMM Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science to include 60 level 3 credits at grade distinction from the following units: 01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 43
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points To include HL 5 in Biology

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English and GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics and GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.


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Animal Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS