The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the diverse industries of animal behaviour and animal welfare. The programme makes full use of state of the art purpose built animal facilities that have animal welfare and species specific behavioural needs embedded into their design. This enables students to develop the required practical and theoretical skills required for a successful future career. The programme is aimed at students who have an active interest in the welfare of animals in captive situations and who wish to develop these interests into a professional career. Individuals who have an interest in the study of animal behaviour in a range of settings as well as human psychology are encouraged to apply. The programme will be of interest to students who enjoy the biological sciences and have an interest in pursuing a career in the animal management industry. There is a broad diversity in the career opportunities available that relate to animal behaviour and welfare and these can often involve roles that offer both practical and theoretical elements. The varied styles of teaching delivery within the programme are therefore ideal for creating graduates that can make the most of these career opportunities. The programme will be of great interest to those who wish to develop their knowledge of animal behaviour both in wild and captive settings and how this information can be used to develop systems of management that promote the highest welfare standards. All of the programme content is based upon current animal behaviour science research which is in turn critically reviewed by the students to help develop crucial reflective thinking skills. Degree Structure The programme consists of core and elective courses over the three years of study. In the first year all 8 courses are core, being 15 credits each. In the second year there are seven core units and one elective. Again all courses in the second year are 15 credits. In the final year, students will study five core courses and one elective, all being 15 credits and a dissertation/honours project worth 30 credits. Year 1 Industry Practice 1 Principles of Animal Behaviour Concepts in Animal Welfare Research Skills Evolution and Taxonomy Anatomy and Physiology Concepts in Conservation Year 2 Breeding Management and Genetics Data Analysis Applied Animal Welfare Animal Cognition and Learning Problem Behaviour Management Industry Practices 2 Applied Animal Training Optional Modules: Exotic Collection Management Business Planning and Project Management Year 3 Honours Project for the Animal Sciences Current Issues Advanced Animal Cognition and Behavioural Therapies Behavioural Ecology Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience Anthrozoology and Personal Psychology Optional Modules: Conservation and Tourism Advanced Animal Welfare and Organisations
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Assessments include coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, mixed media formats, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed and open book examination.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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Merit grade from a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science and have spent two years studying at Level 3. Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements, who are working in the animal industry, are warmly welcomed.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8630||Year 1|