Animal Behaviour - BSc (Hons)

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.

Course details

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.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

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.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology or Psychology. 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


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’ll assess your work in a number of ways including exams, coursework, essays and activity-based assignments. Expect, for example, problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, computer-based exams, a trading simulation portfolio, and group or individual reports. You’ll also be able to access support materials through our learning management system, Canvas.

  • Animal Physiology and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Ecology and Conservation
  • Principles of Biology
  • Quantitative Techniques and Tools for Biologists
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level4
  • Animal Learning and Training
  • Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour
  • Evolutionary Bases of Behaviour
  • Biological Research Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 5
  • GIS and Spatial Ecology
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Evolution and Behaviour
  • Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
  • Tropical Ecology and Management
  • Zoos and Zoo Animal Management
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Animal Communication