BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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Bachelor's degree

In Plymouth

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    Bachelor's degree

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  • Duration

    3 Years

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Are you passionate about understanding animal behaviour and applying it to improve welfare? Do you want to understand the evolution of behaviour across a range of organisms? Applying an understanding of animal health and metabolism, you will understand a broad range of aspects of behaviour and welfare. Designing and carrying out behavioural studies in a range of settings - working within legal frameworks to protect welfare - and analysing your data, you will gain skills sought by employers.
In the 2016 National Student Survey, 96% of students felt staff on this course were good at explaining things; 96% felt that the staff made the subject interesting; 96% found the course intellectually stimulating and 83% were satisfied with the course overall.



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Plymouth (Devon)
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Portland Villas, Plymouth PL4 6DX, UK

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About this course

To include grade B in A level Biology and a C in a second science (Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Geography or Geology). For candidates that do not have a second science subject at A level,

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  • Animal Behaviour
  • Staff
  • Ethics
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Physiology
  • Conservation
  • Biological Sciences
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Microbiology
  • Animal Ecophysiology

Course programme

Year 1

In your first year, you will learn the core skills and fundamental science required to be able to study animal behaviour and welfare, since it is critical when working in these fields to have a strong understanding of the underlying science. You will study evolution, behaviour, physiology, microbiology and ecology, whilst developing your skills in experimental design and interpretation. You will understand the importance of statistical analyses in behavioural studies and will be able to perform fundamental data analyses. You will gain these skills and through a mix of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. You will also undertake a field trip to Slapton Ley in South Devon, where you will study the ecology and behaviour of organisms in the wild and in an agricultural setting - this is included in your tuition fees.

Core modules
  • BIOL119Z Introduction to Biology

  • BIOL121Z Animal Physiology and Microbiology

  • BIOL122Z Behaviour and Ecology

  • BIOL126Z Animal Behaviour Field Biology

  • BIOL127Z Evolution

  • BIOL129Z Professional Development in Biological Sciences 1

Optional modules
  • BIOL124PPZ Biology of Sex

  • BIOL125PPZ Scientific Method and Ethics in Biology

Year 2

In your second year, you will understand the factors that influence how and when animals interact with one another and with their environment. You will develop a deeper understanding of animal physiology and metabolism, and how it can be applied to promote health, reproduction and growth in a range of animal species. You will develop your understanding of experimental design and data analysis, building on material covered in your first year. You will be able to interpret studies published in the scientific literature and will be able to compare and contrast your data with those of other studies. You will undertake a second field trip, this time to the Netherlands, where you will study welfare and behaviour of animals in a wide range of zoos, allowing you to study a range of exotics in a captive settings, as well as being able to compare different philosophies and practices in animal husbandry, and their impacts on welfare and behaviour. Like your first year field trip, this is included in your tuition fees.

You can alternatively undertake your second year at one of a selection of overseas universities through our Year Abroad scheme. When you return, you will go straight into your final year, so you degree still takes 3 years overall.

Core modules
  • BIOL205Z Animal Behaviour

  • BIOL215Z Methods in Behaviour and Conservation

  • BIOL224Z Animal Behaviour and Welfare Field Course

  • BIOL225Z Professional Development in Biological Sciences 2

  • BIOL226Z Animal Ecophysiology

  • BIOL227Z Animal Health and Welfare

Optional modules
  • BIOL204Z Principles of Conservation Biology

  • BIOL229Z Neurobiology and Behaviour

Optional Placement Year

Many of our students carry out an optional placement year between their second and final years. You can undertake either two 3 month work placements or one 6 month placement, though many of our students opt to spent up to 12 months at their placement provider. You will be supported by a Placement Adviser - a member of academic staff from the School - who will act as your point of contact with the University. Examples of placement providers that our students have been based at in the past include the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Jersey) and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB, South Africa) - placements are commonly taken both in the UK and overseas and provide an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and strengthen your transferable skills, ready for the job market.

Given the opportunities a Placement Year gives and the positive impact it brings to employability, we strongly encourage all students to give serious consideration to undertaking a Placement Year.

Core modules
  • APIE303 Biology:Placement

Final year

In your final year of study, you will study a core module in animal welfare and ethics, as well as a selection from a range of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in behavioural ecology, applied conservation biology, animals and society, and animal nutrition. You will also study our Advanced Skills and Concepts module, within which you will select three 'podules', allowing you to specialise in key practical-focused areas that have been developed to give you industry-relevant skills not typically found within undergraduate programmes. In common with all honours degrees in the UK, a major part of your final year is your research project, in which you will apply the skills and understanding you have developed through your studies to a piece of research, supervised by a member of academic staff.

Core modules
  • BIOL307Z Advanced Skills and Concepts

  • BIOL313Z Animal Welfare and Ethics

  • BIOL315Z Personal Research

Optional modules
  • BIOL308Z Applied Conservation Biology

  • BIOL319Z Animals and Society

  • BIOL320Z Animal Nutrition

  • MBIO317Z Behavioural Ecology

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BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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