Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Animal Behaviour

This is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research. The study of animal behaviour is an exciting and theoretically rigorous area of the biological sciences with possible applications in conservation, animal welfare, biomedical science and agriculture. The Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University brings together world experts in behavioural ecology, comparative cognition, neuroethology and animal welfare.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or related discipline. We will also consider your application if you have a good MBBS degree. Practical laboratory experience is beneficial, but not essential. Applicants whose 1st language is not English will need IELTS 6.5 (with 6.5 for each sub-section), or equivalent. International applicants may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. This will need to be obtained before the applicant can get a visa or study on this programme. The ATAS requirement will be in the offer letter.

Course modules

Compulsory modules include: The biological study of behaviour; research skills and principles for the biosciences; project. Optional modules include: Ageing and health; applied ethology; applied immunobiology of human disease; applying the 3 Rs to in-vivo experimental techniques; bioinformatics theory and practice; the biological basis of psychiatric illness and its treatment; comparative cognition (information processing in humans and other animals); biology of ageing; biomaterials and tissue engineering; bioscience research development and enterprise; cancer studies; cardiovascular science in health and disease; cell cycle control and cell signalling in health and disease; clinical epidemiology; current research trends in musculoskeletal disease; developmental genetics; diabetes; drug discovery and development; experimental medicine and therapeutics; genetic medicine; genetics of common disease; global health; mitochondrial biology and medicine; molecular microbiology; neuromuscular diseases (bench to bedside); research methods in protein science; sensory systems and neuroimaging; scientific basis of neurological disorders; stem cells and regenerative medicine; surgical anatomy; systems biology; toxicology; transplantation sciences. Some combinations of modules may not be available due to timetabling constraints and in exceptional circumstances the running of some modules may be determined by student demand. Modules might change at year of entry.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU North East

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Key information

Director of International Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 208 7433