Entry requirements

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content


From evolutionary development to environmental stimuli, animal behaviour is shaped by a range of factors. This masters course is your chance to explore them in detail – not only developing your understanding of the theoretical principles of behaviour, but also learning how to harness these principles to tackle real-world animal welfare and conservation issues.

It’s an area that covers a diverse range of disciplines, from a strong numerical approach in the classroom, to a practical approach in the lab and in the field. While the course is built around strong core units, it also offers the flexibility to explore specialist areas, such as genetics and GIS.

Above all, this is a course that offers the chance to study animal behaviour up close. As well as a field trip option to a European destination or Tanzania, your dissertation project could take you to Kenya, the Philippines, Madeira or Mauritius (not to mention sites across the UK) for your research.

As well as expert analytical abilities and practical research techniques, you’ll leave us with an in-depth understanding of animal physiology, and how experience and environment combine to create behaviour. All of this knowledge prepares you to pursue a range of career paths, from animal management to education or further research.

Career prospects

The practical nature of our course opens a wide range of career paths including animal management, pest control, teaching, environmental education and more. You could go on work for a variety of organisations from charities and wildlife parks to ecological and environmental consultancy.

You may also want to consider PhD level study. While it provides the skills and understanding you’ll need to take your first steps in this area, it’s also a valuable option if you’re already in a relevant role – with many students taking our masters courses as part of their professional development.

Some of our graduates have gone into roles for organisations such as Defra, Natural England, Peak District National Park, the BBC, RSPCA, RSPB, Zoos and aquaria.

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us, and for up to three years after you’ve finished our course. We have a variety of services to help you get started, from dedicated employability advisors to careers fairs and networking events.

By the time you leave us, you should be equipped to pursue a career with organisations like environmental consultancies, government research and advisory bodies, zoos and NGOs, or to continue your studies onto PhD level.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on fees.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 2471234