Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

The course provides excellent general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory for a wide range of organisations.

Important information

Requirements: Required subject(s): GCE A-level Biology or related subject or Psychology (or equivalent qualification) GCSE(s) Required: Mathematics & English grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Animal Behaviour

Course programme

Course overview

This course offers you the opportunity to study these closely related fields in an exciting and dynamic environment, and to learn from teaching staff who are at the forefront of research in this rapidly advancing field.

The Animal Behaviour element deals with a fundamental aspect of the modern life sciences: how animals adapt their behaviour in order best to survive. An understanding of natural animal behaviour is also important in ensuring high welfare standards for farm and zoo animals. The course also contains important elements concerning animal welfare and animal health, and considers how these issues affect both wild and domesticated animals.

Theoretical aspects will be covered in formal lectures and seminars while practical exercises will enable you to test these ideas by designing experiments, or by detailed field observations. The opportunity to take part in self-funded field trips to a range of locations will give you the chance to try out these skills in 'real life' situations.

This course presents an opportunity to study within an exciting and dynamic learning environment, close to the leading edge of this rapidly advancing field. It is also about providing you with a range of skills that are likely to be valued by potential employers in a variety of sectors.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Core Biology
  • Biomeasurement
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour in Context
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Comparative Mammalian Physiology

Year two core modules

  • Preparation for Research
  • Practical Biology
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Concepts in Animal Behaviour

Year three core modules

  • Undergraduate Project
  • Animal Welfare and Society
  • Design for Animal Welfare
  • Advanced Topics in Behavioural Ecology
  • Behavioural Ecology


Modules are assessed in a variety of ways. Most are a mix of written assessments, computer-based assessments and written examinations. Additional methods of assessment may include spoken presentations, posters, portfolios and workbooks. Generally, written examinations have a higher weighting in Year 3, but all modules include a coursework component.

Additional information

Career opportunities: Potential employers include: government agencies, environmental consultancies, wildlife conservation organisations, and educational and research establishments. The course may also lead on to further postgraduate study and a research career.