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Learn how and why animals behave the way they do. Take a work placement that will open up wide-ranging careers in wildlife, conservation, zoo education and beyond. Gain the skills you’ll need to investigate animals and contribute to important discoveries.
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 degree is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK, and it’s 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.
Studying animal behaviour could make the difference between future generations seeing live examples of a species, or reading about them in a history book. It could help you to manage and enhance the habitats of zoo animals, or to educate the public on the importance of animal welfare. What you’ll learn on this course could take you into a career relating to domestic and captive animal management, animal training and behavioural rehabilitation, or zoo education to name but a few. The transferable scientific skills you’ll develop could also open up a career in the field or the laboratory – perhaps for a government agency or an environmental consultancy.
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Animal Behaviour Research
Animal Form and Function
Wildlife and Conservation
Evolution and Biodiversity
Introduction to Marine Biology
Year two, core modulesBiological Bases of Behaviour Evolution of Behaviour Being a Biologist Animal Health and Nutrition Vertebrate Biology Animal Learning and Training Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour
Year two, optional modulesParasitology Principles of Genetics and Evolution
Year 3, Placement Year
Year Four, core modules
Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour
Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
Undergraduate Major Project
Year Four, optional modules
Zoos and Zoo Animal Management
Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare
Tropical Ecology and Management
Animal Behaviour Counselling
Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
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
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Cambridge Campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
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.
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology or Psychology.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.|
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.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttp://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/animal-behaviour
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
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