At least an upper second class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour, psychology or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience - will also be considered.
MSc Animal Behaviour
Months of entry
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 fieldwork. The programme features a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. A range of elective units are available, including Zoo Conservation Biology which takes place at Chester Zoo. There is also a 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.
- Behavioural Biology
- Statistics and Research Design
- Practical Techniques (including field course)
- Species Conservation
- Genetics of Populations
- Zoos and Conservation
- Avian Biology and Conservation
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 student go on to study at PhD level.
Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course materials and assessment information is available via our online learning platform, Moodle. You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination. Teaching begins in September and finishes with the field courses in mid-May/July.
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
This MSc programme is eligible for a PEP fee scholarship for September 2015 entry. For more information visit
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
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team
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