Our Animal Behaviour BSc (Hons) course is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK and is recognised by the Society of Biology. Study with us in Cambridge and you’ll learn why animals behave in the ways that they do, and how this can impact on the management of animals both in the wild and in captivity. We know more than ever before about the behaviour of animals. But with so much still left to learn, you could even have the chance to discover a scientific breakthrough as you develop the skills to investigate animals that will allow you to contribute to important discoveries in the future. Animal Behaviour is a practical subject with plenty of opportunities to hone your skills, both in the lab and out in the field. As part of your degree, you will visit a number of locations and organisations to observe and undertake animal handling and training and to learn about and practise advanced behavioural data collection in the field and within captive environments. There are opportunities to attend residential field trips. Field trips that are a compulsory part of your course are covered by your fees. There are also optional field trips (either extra-curricular or an integral part of an optional module you select to take) that you would have to pay for. Fast becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, Cambridge is home to Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. During your time with us, you’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and visit specialist museums and libraries in the city. If you’re interested in captive animal behaviour, some modules are able to utilise the facilities and engage with the animals at the College of West Anglia, one of our partner organisations, in Milton. As a student here, you’ll learn from staff who are involved in field and captive studies internationally and in the UK, and have research links with a range of organisations including some of Britain's most respected zoos.
Year one, core modules Animal Physiology and Behaviour Introduction to Ecology and Conservation Principles of Biology Quantitative Techniques and Tools for Biologists Personal and Professional Development - Level 4 Year two, core modules Animal Learning and Training Biological Bases of Behaviour Vertebrate Biology Ruskin Module Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour Evolutionary Bases of Behaviour Biological Research Skills Personal and Professional Development - Level 5 Year two, optional modules Animal Health and Nutrition Invertebrate Biology Vertebrate Biology Parasitology Principles of Genetics and Evolution Year three, core modules Animal Health and Disease GIS and Spatial Ecology Mammalogy Year Three Work placement Year four, core modules Behavioural Ecology Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Undergraduate Major Project Year four, optional modules Population Ecology and Wildlife Management Tropical Ecology and Management Zoos and Zoo Animal Management Human-Animal Interactions Wildlife Conservation Animal Communication
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
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:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
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|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.