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Animal Behaviour Anglia Ruskin University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

Course details

Modules

Year one, core modules

Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare Animal Behaviour Research Animal Form and Function Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity Biomeasurement Introduction to Marine Biology

Year two, core modules

Biological 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 modules

Parasitology Principles of Genetics and Evolution

Year three, core modules

Behavioural Ecology Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Undergraduate Major Project

Year three, 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

Assessment method

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 course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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!

Application codes

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Course code C120
Institution code A60
Campus name Cambridge Campus
Campus code C

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

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology or Psychology.
A level 112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology or Psychology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management at grade Merit, Merit, Merit (96 UCAS Tariff Points) is accepted. Applicants must have also successfully completed specific modules (listed at the foot of this page).

Compulsory/recommended Unit
Compulsory Unit 02: Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
Compulsory Unit 03: Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Recommended Unit 01: Understand and Promote Animal Health
Recommended Unit 07: Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
Recommended Unit 10: Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition
Recommended Unit 11: Understand the Principles of Animal Nursing
Recommended Unit 13: Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication
Recommended Unit 16: Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Recommended Unit 19: Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
Recommended Unit 20: Understand and Undertake Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
Recommended Unit 26: Fundamentals of Science
Recommended Unit 28: Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation
Recommended Unit 30: Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science
Recommended Unit 32: Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Access to HE Diploma Access to HE Diplomas in one of the following subjects are accepted, 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade are required: Access Animal Management, Access Biological Science, Access Biological and Environmental Science, Access Combined Science, Access Environmental Science, Access Applied Science. Harlow College Access to HE Diploma: Life Science is also accepted.
Scottish Higher 112 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, this must include a Pass in a related subject.
112 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, this must include a Pass in a related subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or A*-C), including English and Maths.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points This must include Biology or Psychology at Higher level.

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 course

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/animal-behaviour

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/help-with-finances/uk-eu-undergraduate#tuitionfees

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