Why do animals behave the way they do? Find out on our Cambridge-based Animal Behaviour course, recognised by the Society of Biology. Take a work placement that will open up wide-ranging careers in wildlife settings, zoo education and beyond. Gain the skills you’ll need to investigate animals in their natural habitats and learn about important discoveries that contribute to conservation efforts.
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 degree is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK, and it’s 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.
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’ll 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’ll develop could also open up a career in the field or the laboratory – perhaps for a government agency or an environmental consultancy.
Our Animal Behaviour degree also acts as a foundation for you to become a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). To follow this career path you'll also need to undertake practical training under the supervision of practising CCABs before presenting case studies and a further clinical examination prior to certification. For more information please also see: www.asab.org/ccab, www.abtcouncil.org.uk, www.apbc.org.uk
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d 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 and Applied Wildlife Conservation.
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.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Walking boots - £60
Waterproof coat - £50
Wellingtons - £25
Waterproof trousers - £20
Poster printing - £20
Cost of printing dissertation/individual project
Isle of Rum field trip (optional) - £250
Additional module costs
Please check individual modules for additional field trip costs
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
We require a final grade of DMM in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
We require the following two compulsory units to be completed and at least six of the recommended units.
|Compulsory||Unit 02: Understand the Principles of Animal Biology|
|Compulsory||Unit 03: Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology|
|Recommended||Unit 01: Understand and Promote Animal Health|
|Recommended||Unit 07: Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector|
|Recommended||Unit 10: Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition|
|Recommended||Unit 11: Understand the Principles of Animal Nursing|
|Recommended||Unit 13: Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication|
|Recommended||Unit 16: Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology|
|Recommended||Unit 19: Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation|
|Recommended||Unit 20: Understand and Undertake Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation|
|Recommended||Unit 26: Fundamentals of Science|
|Recommended||Unit 28: Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation|
|Recommended||Unit 30: Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science|
|Recommended||Unit 32: Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics|
We required a final grade of DMM in the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
We require the following two compulsory units to be completed. Third option can be a free choice from the remainder below.
|Compulsory||Unit 315: Animal Nursing|
|Compulsory||Unit 318: Fundamentals of Science|
|Optional||Unit 310: Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry|
|Optional||Unit 311: Pet Store Design and Management|
|Optional||Unit 312: Animal Training|
|Optional||Unit 325: Pet Allied Services|
|Optional||Unit 326: Small Animal Rehabilitation|
|Optional||Unit 327: Kennel and Cattery Management|
|Optional||Unit 362: Undertake Estate Skills|
|Optional||Unit 364: Business Management in the Land-Based Sector|
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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