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Animal Behaviour Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Studying the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour at Liverpool John Moores University will give you an opportunity to learn from experts in animal behaviour and complete work-related learning with a variety of animal-related organisations, such as overseas research projects, zoos, wildlife parks and rescue centres. The course explains animal behaviour in relation to animal evolution, ecology, physiology, neurobiology and genetics, preparing students for a career in science, animal welfare, husbandry or conservation.

  • Regular visits to local zoos and wildlife parks to observe the behaviour of captive animals

  • Study the behaviour of wild and captive animals, with opportunities for overseas fieldwork

  • Overseas field skills trip included in the fees (currently goes to Tenerife) and opportunity for self-funded overseas field expedition (currently goes to Costa Rica)*

  • Opportunities for work-related learning, study abroad and/or a year-long sandwich placement

  • Taught by animal behaviour experts at the forefront of modern research

  • Specialist lectures from visiting animal behaviour experts

  • This degree is available to study following a foundation year

  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

*Destination may be subject to change

Course details

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

• Fundamentals of Scientific Research
•Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour
•Animal Behaviour
•Evolution and Inheritance
•Ecology
•Animal Physiology

Level 5

•Brain, Hormones and Behaviour
•Animals in Motion
•Animal Communication
•Behavioural Ecology
•Research Skills and Employability

With the following options typically offered:

•Animal Field Skills (includes residential fieldwork overseas – travel and accommodation costs covered by LJMU)
•Companion Animal Behaviour

Sandwich degree:

•Year-long placement

Level 6

• Independent Research Project
•Advances in Animal Behaviour

The following options are typically offered:

•Animal Learning and Cognition
•Animal Social Systems
•Animal Welfare
•International Expedition (includes residential fieldwork overseas – student contribution required)
•Work-based Learning (includes a placement)
•Neurobiology
•Zoo Conservation and Genebanks
•Current Topics in Primatology

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

End of year exams may include a range of question types such as multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning and essay, whereas coursework assessments are made up of phase tests, fieldwork/practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays or the evaluation of practical skills. While most of your assessments will be based on individual work you will also complete some group work.

Feedback on coursework assessments is normally provided within three weeks of submission and may be via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.


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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

International applicants

International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
A level BBC Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Subject specific requirements: A Level Grade C or above preferably in Biology or other relevant Science.
Is General Studies acceptable? Not acceptable
Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Average A Level offer: BBC
Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant scientific area.
Access to HE Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area, minimum overall Merit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 26 Points. A specific grade may be required in Science.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £16,100 * 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

Full-time industrial placement year fee for home students: £1850 per annum. Full-time industrial placement year fee for international students: £3650 per annum. All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

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