Animal Behaviour (BSc (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
GBP 13900 per year

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About Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13900 per year

Entry requirements

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

For information on entry requirements for international students, please visit the entry qualifications for your country page.

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