Biological, Environmental and Rural Scs. - Aberystwyth Univ.

BSc Animal Behaviour

Biological, Environmental and Rural Scs. - Aberystwyth Univ.
In Aberystwyth

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberystwyth (Wales)
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberystwyth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

The aim of the course is to provide rigorous training in the scientific study of animal behaviour through analyses of its causation, development, evolution and function. The course also provides a background for the understanding of the biological basis of human behaviour.

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Aberystwyth (Cardiganshire/Ceredigion)
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Aberystwyth University, Penglais, SY23 3DA


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· Requirements

GCSE * (min grade C) Mathematics and Chemistry or Dual Award Science *** UCAS Tariff 280 points C in A level or B in AS level Biology or Human Biology International Baccalaureate 26 with 5/7 in Biology or equivalent European Baccalaureate 65% with 75% in specified subject * All schemes require grade C in GCSE English or Welsh or an acceptable equivalent. *** Key Skills level 3 Application of Number acceptable in lieu of GCSE Maths.

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Course programme

The behaviour of animals in their natural environment is a source of endless curiosity and wonder. An understanding of behaviour is also key to improving the welfare of domestic, farmed or experimental animals. The successful conservation of a rare species or effective control of a pest or parasite may require detailed information on its behaviour.

The coastline, hills and woodlands of mid-Wales provide an incomparable setting for the degree scheme in Animal Behaviour. The environment offers many opportunities for you to observe the behaviour of wild animals. From the shore you may spot dolphins and seals, while seabirds and birds of prey are common. The nearby Dyfi Estuary is an important over-wintering area for migratory birds and contains an RSPB Nature Reserve. The Institute of Biological Science has a good aquarium, in which you can observe the behaviour of fish and invertebrates at close hand. The surrounding farmland provides an arena for you to study the behaviour of domesticated animals in a variety of habitats from lowland pasture to upland moors. The Animal Behaviour degree allows you to develop your interests in behaviour in relation to conservation and animal welfare. These are areas in which an understanding of the principles of animal behaviour has become increasingly important.

After completing the first year, which provides a firm grounding in biological science, you will take a mixture of core and optional modules. These enable you to expand your studies of the behaviour and welfare of both wild and domesticated animals against the necessary biological background. Through the optional modules and your final year research project, you can develop your own interests in animal behaviour. The project allows you to acquire practical and analytical skills in a behavioural research area of your choice, and enables you to improve your ability to observe, describe and analyse animal behaviour in a scientific and objective way.

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Career opportunities: Graduates in Animal Behaviour are well qualified for employment in environmental, conservation and animal welfare organisations, as well as in careers already mentioned in our introduction to the biological sciences. An understanding of the principles of animal behaviour is also valuable in personnel management, advertising and general management.
Contact person: Dr John Gee & Dr John Scullion

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