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BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour

University of Chester

Develop vital employer-desired skills while studying the ever-interesting field of animal behaviour. With an emphasis on free-living, wild animals you will follow a scientifically driven programme of work that develops your fundamental skills and knowledge and then uses them in cutting-edge applied contexts such as conservation and welfare sciences.

A key strength of the Animal Behaviour degree is that it is firmly rooted in the biological sciences and adopts a rigorous scientific approach to the study of the behaviour of animals. As well as exploring the behaviour of charismatic animals, we embrace a wide taxonomic range of species and have a good focus on some of the groups less emphasised elsewhere, such as amphibians and invertebrates.

These groups have really interesting behaviour in their own right (cockroaches have personalities for example... and frogs can experience stress...) but are also a crucial part of temperate and tropical ecosystems – understanding their behaviour is vital for wider habitat conservation. Whilst the emphasis is mainly on wild animals you can study behaviour in more managed environments: e.g. determining best husbandry and conservation breeding for endangered animals in zoos; best practice pet welfare; farm animal management. Our staff have real enthusiasm for their subject and bring great expertise from their research fields.

In the 2020 NSS, 92% of students agreed that this course provided them with opportunities to bring subject information from different topics, to access and use learning resources, and to provide feedback.

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3 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time