University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Animal Behaviour

This course provides a broad cross-section of research methods used by animal behaviourists and behavioural ecologists. Students gain insight into the varied means of performing animal behaviour research in a wide range of locations: zoo, laboratory and in the wild. Includes an in-depth research apprenticeship working alongside experienced researchers or practitioners.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biological Sciences, Psychology, Ecology or a related discipline. If students apply with a different background, eg natural and social sciences, or humanities, they should provide evidence for a strong interest in Animal Behaviour, preferably study and/or work experience, and preferably experience with statistical methods. English language requirements: for applicants whose 1st language is not English: IELTS: 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any section; or TOEFL IBT: overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing; 21 for listening; 22 for reading; and 23 for speaking; or Pearson Test of English: 58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills; Cambridge English: Advanced and Proficiency: overall score 176 with no less than 169 in any section; applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme.

Course modules

Core modules: advanced statistics; behavioural science research skills; advances and methods in animal behaviour; research apprenticeship; current research issues in animal behaviour.

Assessment methods

Advanced statistics is assessed by written examination; the other taught modules are assessed by coursework, presentations and quizzes. The research placement requires a research project to be written up either as a dissertation or as a research paper.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 18,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,650 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,650 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

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