Animal Behaviour is the study of behaviour patterns in animals (including humans), and of how the behaviour of individuals helps to determine the density and distribution of populations. Knowledge of animal behaviour is of increasing importance in areas such as evolutionary biology, conservation, and the efficient and humane management of farm animals.
- Animal Welfare Officer
- Conservation Officer
- Research Assistant
- Science Writer
- Zoo Curator or Assistant
Once you graduate in Animal Behaviour will be able to use both biological and psychological approaches to address issues in the fields of animal conservation, wildlife management, animal welfare and the fundamental study of behaviour. You will find employment in the behavioural sciences at local, national and international levels in the agricultural, conservation and animal management industries.
- Agricultural Research Industry
- Environmental Consultancy Firms
- Government Departments
- Local Body Authorities
- Universities and Polytechnics
School subjects required
As well as biology, students may find mathematics or statistics useful.
Planning Your Degree
Animal Behaviour is available as an interdisciplinary major jointly taught between the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Psychology.
To complete a major in Animal Behaviour, students must complete 120 points above 100 Level, including 60 points at 300 Level, from compulsory papers.
As this is an interdisciplinary major taught between two or more departments, it is recommended that you contact the Dean's Office, Faculty of Science and Engineering as you enrol in your second year of studies for programme advice, if you are considering pursuing postgraduate study on completion of your bachelor degree. This is to ensure that you enrol in the required papers that would gain you entry into a Postgraduate qualification.
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You can study Animal Behaviour-related subjects in the following degrees:
We also offer Diplomas and Certificates at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels in some subjects. Contact us for more information.
The following scholarships are available for Animal Behaviour students