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BSc in Animal Behaviour (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Animal Behaviour

Course Description

How and why do animals behave as they do? Animal behaviourists use rigorous, scientific methods to answer such questions. Through broad training in the biological sciences before studying animal behaviour in depth and detail. 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.

You’ll be taught by experts in behaviour who conduct research ranging from global patterns of animal behaviour, through studies of behaviour in individual animals, down to studies of the molecular basis of behaviour. Our behaviour lecturers are enthusiastic teachers too. You may already have seen some of them on TV documentaries, or listened in to them on your favourite science radio show.

Fantastic facilities 

As a future behaviourist, you’ll need access to exceptional research and teaching facilities. We have modern, well-equipped teaching laboratories, lecture theatres, and seminar rooms as well as unrivalled wildlife and countryside. You’ll also benefit from other facilities including: 

  • A modern aquarium housing cold-water and tropical, marine and freshwater species; 
  • A university woodland with over a hundred purpose built nest boxes and homes for nature; 
  • Beautiful habitats on our doorstep, including marine, moorland, mountain, grassland and coast, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities;
  • Charismatic species such as red kites, bottlenose dolphins, and more..  
  • A wonderful museum full of historic zoological specimens;  
  • And if you’ve still more appetite for field work, you can take the residential field course in animal behaviour too.

How and why do animals behave as they do? Animal behaviourists use rigorous, scientific methods to answer such questions. Through broad training in the biological sciences before studying animal behaviour in depth and detail. 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...

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Course Content

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.

In your third year, subject areas will include:

  • The behaviour and welfare of domesticated animals;
  • The physiological mechanisms behind animal behaviour;
  • A compulsory dissertation research project;
  • Optional modules chosen from a selection including wildlife conservation, advanced topics in animal behaviour, and a residential; animal behaviour field course.

Further information:

  • Synthesize information from scientific literature;
  • Understand and explain the implications of developments in subjects such as parasitology;
  • Scrutinise data in terms of quality and quantity;
  • Respond to new data through laboratory investigation;
  • Develop your practical skills in animal handling which augment your theoretical knowledge.

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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

  • Essays
  • Practical exercise
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles
  • Filed notebooks
  • Exams

  • Essays
  • Practical exercise
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles
  • Filed notebooks
  • Exams