Why do animals behave the way they do – and how can you use this knowledge to manage, conserve and protect species? Find out on the UK’s longest-established animal behaviour degree. Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, our Cambridge-based course offers an integrated, scientific approach, with hands-on lab experience, field trips in Europe and Uganda, and an optional placement year. You could make the difference between future generations seeing species live or reading about them in history books. Naked mole rats can run as fast backwards as they can forwards. Male penguins propose to their partners with the gift of a stone. Elephants bury their dead. We understand more than ever before about the behaviour of animals – but with so much more to learn, could you be the one to discover one of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century? Our three year degree is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK, and the degree is recognised by the Society of Biology. Learn how and why animals behave the way they do, and how this can impact on the management and conservation of wild and domesticated creatures. You’ll develop the skills you’ll need to investigate animals and contribute to important discoveries in the future. By studying animal behaviour, you’ll learn how we can manage and protect species. The development, physiology and evolution of species will form the basis of this course, but it’s not all theory. It’s a practical subject and we give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practise both in the lab and the field. In your second year you’ll take a series of half day trips to learn about and practise advanced behavioural data collection, the costs of which are included in your course fees. On our optional field trips you might experience rutting red deer on the island of Rum; marine biology in Scotland; world-class zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology in the Red Sea. You’ll need to pay for these trips. Our staff are involved in field and captive studies internationally and in the UK, and have research links with organisations studying British wildlife and at Britain's most respected zoos.
Year one, core modules Origins of Life Introduction to Wildlife and Conservation Introduction to Animal Behaviour Biomeasurement Ecology Animal Form and Function Introduction to Marine Biology Evolution and Biodiversity Year two, core modules Biological Bases of Behaviour Evolution of Behaviour Animal Learning and Training Biological Research Skills Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour Year two, optional modules Animal Health and Nutrition Invertebrate Biology Vertebrate Biology Parasitology Principles of Genetics and Evolution Year three, core modules Behavioural Ecology Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Undergraduate Major Project Work placement Year three, optional modules Advanced Approaches in Animal Management Mammalogy Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare Zoos and Zoo Animal Management Tropical Ecology and Management Animal Communication Population Ecology and Wildlife Management Practical Marine Biology Wildlife Conservation
We’ll assess you in a number of ways, with most modules including a combination of written assignments and exams. For some modules, you may be asked to present or produce a poster, portfolio or workbook.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.