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How and why do animals behave as they do? Animal behaviourists use rigorous, scientific methods to answer such questions. The scientific study of animal behaviour provides amazing insights into the ways in which animals survive and reproduce within their dynamic environment, is essential for the successful conservation and management of rare and endangered species, and is key to improving the welfare of captive and domestic animals.
This variant of our Animal Behaviour scheme includes an integrated year in industry between the second and fourth years of study. A year of work experience will greatly enhance your employment prospects, and provide a head start to your career in Animal Behaviour! So why Aberystwyth? You will be studying in a University that is ranked in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).You will have access to our fantastic laboratories and equipment including radio-tracking equipment, nest boxes, laboratories & aquaria, plus a historic specimen collection. On our doorstep, you will find amazing local habitats including coastlines, estuaries, woodlands, and hills, allowing access to species such as red kites, chough, grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises. And if you’ve still more appetite for field work, you can take the residential field course in animal behaviour too.
This degree at Aberystwyth University teaches you a broad range of transferable skills such as observation, research, analysis and reflection. You will also be studying in a department that has invested over £55 million in infrastructure on student facilities. This degree is engineered to give you a head start in the competitive job market after graduation.
Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating. If you are unable to obtain a work experience placement, don't worry, you will have the opportunity to transfer to its sister course C120 BSc Animal Behaviour (3 years).
What are our graduates doing now?
Many of our students go onto postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level, aiming for careers in pure or applied science, or science communication. Others have gone on to careers as scientific animal technicians and medical laboratory assistants. During their studies, many of our students have volunteered for conservation projects such as the Pine Martin Recovery Project and Iberian Lynx captive breeding program, or for organisations such as the RSPB.
Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas will include: The evolution and diversity of life; Animal physiology; Diagnosis and control of animal diseases; Wildlife forensics; Study and communication skills; and many others. In your second year you will undertake specialist modules in animal behaviour, and gain essential scientific skills. Subject areas will include: Ethology, The scientific study of animal behaviour; Modern zoo science; Veterinary health; Quantitative and qualitative procedures for data analysis; Good research design and planning. Your third year will be spent in work experience. In your final year, subject areas will include: The behaviour and welfare of domesticated animals; The physiological mechanisms behind animal behaviour; Compulsory dissertation research project; and optional modules.
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!
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 120 points||With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.|
|A level||BBC - BBB||With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||With 5 points in Biology at Higher Level.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: email@example.com) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 passes in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and in a GCSE (or equivalent) science subject are also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy and level 3 KS/FS Application of Number are acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55.0||With minimum score of 51 in any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 621986
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Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)