Learn with expert researchers how the dynamic field of animal behaviour integrates with wider biology and is applied to practical decision-making.
From newts to bats, gorillas to cats, there is always more to learn about the mechanisms underlying behaviour. On this course you will get to grips with cutting-edge techniques used by top scientists to uncover the secrets of the natural world. You will explore how our most recent findings can be applied to solve real-world problems, such as in enhancing captive animal management or mitigating the effects of climate change. You will gain an understanding of key ethical dilemmas in the field, have the opportunity to improve your research skills, and explore a topic of interest to you in a personal dissertation project.
Six taught modules (including one optional module) use a lively seminar and discussion group format, complemented by an intensive four-module research project.
Compulsory modules include: Conservation Genetics; Research Dissertation; Biodiversity Informatics; Contemporary Issues in Animal Behaviour; Behavioural Ecology in a Changing World; and Animal Welfare and Ethics.
Optional module choices include: Behaviour and Welfare in Wildlife Conservation; Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Welfare; and Animal Welfare Biology for a Technological Age.
Assessment methods are varied and are targeted towards future employment. These could include poster presentations, grant applications, oral presentations, synthetic reviews or laboratory reports.
Applicants should normally possess an honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a biological/behavioural/ecological science (e.g. animal behaviour, conservation biology, zoology) including components of experimental design and statistical analysis. Applicants will also have relevant animal-related experience.
Students with a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in an unrelated area must demonstrate on application that they have equivalent experience in a related field, e.g. wildlife conservation, captive animal management. They must also demonstrate on application evidence of experimental design and basic statistical analysis skills, perhaps during completion of a research dissertation.
We recommend that all applicants: Nominate two academic referees as part of their application who can provide letters of recommendation which highlight the applicant’s academic achievements, work commitment and relevant experience; Include in their personal statement and CV details of any relevant extra-curricular training, volunteering and/or relevant work experience they have obtained. This could include working with a local wildlife trust, animal rescue centre or zoo, for example; Submit a transcript of marks with the application.
Applicants may be interviewed.