University of Lincoln

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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Course summary

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The MBio Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree employs a multidisciplinary and research-driven approach. You will have the opportunity to be taught by academics who are considered to be at the forefront of their respective fields. The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do. It reveals how best to respond to the challenges that face animals living in captive and wild environments. The course aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand animal behaviour and welfare, working, for example, with insects, reptiles, birds and mammals. The range of specialist facilities available for the study of animal behaviour and welfare currently includes aquatic and reptile facilities, an insectary and a bioacoustics laboratory.

Course details

Modules

In the first year, students can develop an understanding of how biological systems function, with a focus on topics such as anatomy, cell biology and genetics. Students are also introduced to the study of animal behaviour and welfare assessment. During the second year, students experience a range of research-led modules, including animal behaviour and ecology. In the third year, students undertake a supervised, independent research project in addition to studying key topics such as animal welfare science, animal cognition and the management of animal behaviour. During the final year, students participate in an MBio research project. The project provides the opportunity to contribute to high-impact research across a variety of research areas. Final year modules also focus on developing research skills further with workshops in research techniques. These combine demonstrations with hands-on work in-lab or in-field. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate scientific knowledge effectively, in different contexts, different formats and to different recipients. For the most up to date module information, please visit the course page for this programme on our website. Some programmes provide you with the opportunity to focus your study in a particular area through optional modules. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of some optional modules to some students. As the options often reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Assessment method

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples. Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD791
Institution code L39
Campus nameLincoln (Main Site)
Campus codeL

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 128 points From a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications. To include 40 UCAS tariff points from A Level Biology or equivalent qualification.
A level ABB To include grade B from A Level Biology. Practical elements must be passed.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Biology
Scottish Higher 128 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of 40 points from an Advanced Higher in Biology. A combination of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted."
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points To include Higher Level grade 5 in Biology
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered. EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications. We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry. Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.
Animal Behaviour and Welfare at University of Lincoln - UCAS