Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Animal Behaviour

The programme addresses the interaction between environment, experience and physiology in the development and dynamics of behaviour. There is an applied element in terms of how the principles of animal behaviour can be applied to practical problems such as animal welfare and conservation. Students can gain experience of laboratory studies (of invertebrates) and field work. The programme features a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. A range of option units are available, including Zoo Conservation Biology which takes place at Chester Zoo. There is also a residential field course in Poland or Tanzania. The programme is completed by a research-based project which can be carried out overseas or in the UK. There are also opportunities to work within Manchester Met research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.

Entry requirements

At least an upper 2nd-Class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour, psychology or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications � but with equivalent experience � will also be considered.

Course modules

Modules include: Behavioural biology; statistics and research design; practical techniques (including field course); project; species conservation; genetics of populations; zoos and conservation; avian biology and conservation.

Assessment methods

Mostly coursework, though some modules have a formal examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 3,240 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 1,620 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

Key information

Course Enquiries
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0161 247 6969