Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree of 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications, but with equivalent experience, will also be considered.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry

September

Course content

Description
The MSc in Animal Behaviour 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 exciting elective units are available. There is also a compulsory residential field course in Poland or Tanzania.

The MSc 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.


Core units

  • Behavioural Biology
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Practical Techniques and Analysis
  • Masters Project in Behaviour
  • Field Course
  • Species Recovery OR Avian Biology and Conservation

Option units (You may choose any TWO from these):

  • Topics in Conservation and Sustainability
  • Topics in Organismal Genetics
  • Earth Observation and GIS


Career prospects
Graduate career routes include animal management, pest control and agriculture, teaching and environmental education with organisations such as environmental consultancies, government research and advisory bodies, zoos and NGOs.A number of students are already in relevant jobs and are taking one of our biology/conservation Masters degrees as part of in-service training. Many students go on to study at PhD level.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Science and the Environment and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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
Please check the website for the latest fees
International students
Please check the website for the latest fees

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment90

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 2471234