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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

How and why do animals behave as they do? Animal behaviourists use rigorous, scientific methods to answer such questions. They receive a broad training in the biological sciences before studying animal behaviour in depth and detail. The scientific study of animal behaviour provides amazing insights into the ways in which animals survive and reproduce within their dynamic environment, is essential for the successful conservation and management of rare and endangered species, and is key to improving the welfare of captive and domestic animals.You’ll be taught by experts in behaviour who conduct research ranging from global patterns of animal behaviour, through studies of behaviour in individual animals, down to studies of the molecular basis of behaviour. Our behaviour lecturers are enthusiastic teachers too: you may already have seen some of them on TV documentaries or listened in to them on your favourite science radio show. Your course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will receive training in concepts, research and methodology relating to the science of animal behaviour. This will be undertaken by laboratory research and experimentation, as well as hands-on exercises. We have modern, well-equipped teaching laboratories, lecture theatres, and seminar rooms as well as unrivalled wildlife and countryside. You’ll also benefit from other facilities including A modern aquarium housing cold-water and tropical, marine and freshwater species. The university is set in woodland with over a hundred purpose built nest boxes and homes for nature. Beautiful habitats are on our doorstep, including marine, moorland, mountain, grassland and coast, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. Our students have won the “Biology Student of the Year” award at the European Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Awards, and the Welsh Ornithologists’ Union Student Prize!Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), in conjunction with Bangor University, has the 5th strongest submission in the UK for the Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014).Many of our students go on to postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level, aiming for careers in pure or applied science, or science communication. Others have gone on to careers as scientific animal technicians and medical laboratory assistants. During their studies, many of our students have volunteered for conservation projects such as the Pine Martin Recovery Project and Iberian Lynx captive breeding program, or for organisations such as the RSPB.Our degree at Aberystwyth University teaches you a broad range of skills such as observation, research, analysis and reflection. You will also be studying in a department that has invested over £55 million in the infrastructure of student facilities. The department has played host to the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)’s Easter postgraduate conference in recent years, and some of our students have attended or helped organise these meetings

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 15,800per year

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    82nd out of 118

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    116 54%

    72nd

    9
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%

    48th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.40 88%

    2nd

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