Anglia Ruskin University
Campus: Anglia Ruskin University , Cambridge
Animal Behaviour (with Foundation)
4.0 Years • 100% Funding Available
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Learn how and why animals behave the way they do and gain the skills you will need to contribute to important discoveries. Our four-year course includes a foundation year when you will build up your scientific skills, before moving onto our BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour.

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?

You will spend your foundation year covering a broad range of subjects including biology, chemistry and maths, helping you to prepare for higher-level study. You will then move on to the first year of our BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour.

Our degree is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK, and it 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 will develop the skills you will need to investigate animals and contribute to important discoveries in the future.

By studying animal behaviour, you will learn how we can manage and protect species. The development, physiology and evolution of species will form the basis of this course, but it is not all theory. It is a practical subject and we give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practice both in the lab and the field. In your second year you will take a series of half-day trips to learn about and practice 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 will 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.


  • Biology of Cells
  • Biomolecules
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Chemical Principles
  • Physical Principles
  • Physiology
  • Introduction to Evolution
  • Biological Diversity
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Origins of Life
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Wildlife and Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Biomeasurement
  • Introduction to Marine Biology

Core modules

  • Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Evolution of Behaviour
  • Being a Biologist
  • Animal Learning and Training
  • Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour
  • Behavioural Ecology

Optional modules

  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Principles of Genetics and Evolution

Core modules

  • Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Undergraduate Major Project

Optional modules

  • Zoos and Zoo Animal Management
  • Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
  • Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare
  • Tropical Ecology and Management
  • Mammalogy
  • Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
  • Animal Communication

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Studying animal behaviour could make the difference between future generations seeing live examples of a species, or reading about them in a history book. It could help you to manage and enhance the habitats of zoo animals, or to educate the public on the importance of animal welfare.

What you will learn on this course could take you into a career relating to domestic and captive animal management, animal training and behavioural rehabilitation, or zoo education to name but a few. The transferable scientific skills you will develop could also open up a career in the field or the laboratory – perhaps for a government agency or an environmental consultancy.

Graduation does not need to be the end of your time with us. If you would like to continue your studies we offer a range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including Masters in Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation, Applied Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability.

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