Study with us in Cambridge and you will learn why animals behave in the ways that they do, and how this can impact on their health and welfare and influence the management of companion, domestic, captive and wild animals.
Our Animal Behaviour BSc (Hons) course is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK and is recognised by the Society of Biology.
Study with us in Cambridge and you’ll learn why animals behave in the ways that they do, and how this can impact on the management of animals both in the wild and in captivity.
We know more than ever before about the behaviour of animals. But with so much still left to learn, you could even have the chance to discover a scientific breakthrough as you develop the skills to investigate animals that will allow you to contribute to important discoveries in the future.
Animal Behaviour is a practical subject with plenty of opportunities to hone your skills, both in the lab and out in the field.
As part of your Animal Behaviour degree, you will visit a number of locations and organisations to observe and undertake animal handling and training and to learn about and practise advanced behavioural data collection in the field and within captive environments.
There are opportunities to attend residential field trips. Field trips that are a compulsory part of your course are covered by your fees. There are also optional field trips (either extra-curricular or an integral part of an optional module you select to take) that you would have to pay for.
Fast becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, Cambridge is home to Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. During your time with us, you’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and visit specialist museums and libraries in the city.
If you’re interested in captive animal behaviour, some modules are able to utilise the facilities and engage with the animals at the College of West Anglia, one of our partner organisations, in Milton.
As a student here, you’ll learn from staff who are involved in field and captive studies internationally and in the UK, and have research links with a range of organisations including some of Britain's most respected zoos.
Learn about animal behaviour and ecology on the Hebridean island of Rum.
See stags fighting for territory during the autumn red deer rut.
Explore a variety of world-class zoo enclosures in the Netherlands.
See how the needs of animals, keepers and the public are considered in zoo design.
Learn about the education, conservation and research work carried out by zoos.
Gain the internationally recognised PADI Open Water Diver certification.
Experience marine biology first-hand on UK and international field trips.
Observe marine life up close and learn important survey techniques.
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Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, our degree course offers an integrated, scientific approach with hands-on experiences.
Studying animal behaviour could give you the opportunity to help future generations to see species live and in the flesh, and not just read about them in a history book.
What you’ll learn studying animal behaviour could see you helping to manage and enhance the habitats of animals in captivity or educating the public about the importance of animal welfare and conservation. With the breadth of skills you’ll acquire, you could find yourself working in animal training and behavioural rehabilitation, teaching in a zoo, or even working in a laboratory.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our Animal Behaviour degree also acts as a foundation for you to become a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). You’ll 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 see www.asab.org/ccab, www.abtcouncil.org.uk and www.apbc.org.uk.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation or our MSc Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
"I’ve been lucky enough to [join] both a scuba diving trip to survey the coral reef in Egypt, as well as going to Holland to study zoo enclosures as part of the course. These field courses will not only provide me with unforgettable experiences, but also essential work experience."
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