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Anglia Ruskin University

Animal Behaviour

UCAS Code: C120

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology or Psychology.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Animal behaviour

Why do animals behave the way they do – and how can you use this knowledge to manage, conserve and protect species? Find out on the UK’s longest-established animal behaviour degree. Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, our Cambridge-based course offers an integrated, scientific approach, with hands-on lab experience, field trips in Europe and Uganda, and an optional placement year. You could make the difference between future generations seeing species live or reading about them in history books.

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 three year degree is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK, and the degree is 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.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Origins of Life
Introduction to Wildlife and Conservation
Introduction to Animal Behaviour
Biomeasurement
Ecology
Animal Form and Function
Introduction to Marine Biology
Evolution and Biodiversity
Year two, core modules
Biological Bases of Behaviour
Evolution of Behaviour
Animal Learning and Training
Biological Research Skills
Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour
Year two, optional modules
Animal Health and Nutrition
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
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
Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
Mammalogy
Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare
Zoos and Zoo Animal Management
Tropical Ecology and Management
Animal Communication
Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
Practical Marine Biology
Wildlife Conservation

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Animal science

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
2%
Male students
98%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


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Animal science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Animal care and control services
9%
Health professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.

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