Research course

Animal Behaviour

Institution
Newcastle University · Faculty of Medical Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or related discipline. We will also consider your application if you have a good MBBS degree. Practical laboratory experience is beneficial, but not essential.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Animal Behaviour MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The study of animal behaviour is an exciting and theoretically rigorous area of the biological sciences with possible applications in conservation, animal welfare, biomedical science and agriculture. The Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University brings together world experts in Behavioural Ecology, Comparative Cognition, Neuroethology and Animal Welfare.

Experts at Newcastle have discovered, among other things, that bees learn better when exposed to caffeine; that starlings who were hungry as babies become heavier as adults; and that mice have pain faces. You too can be part of this exciting research community.

The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences, psychology or anthropology. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD.

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Department specialisms

Animal behaviour research (adaptive consequences, proximate mechanisms, development, and evolutionary history) and the research methods associated with each. Also comparative cognition, sensory systems (including neuroethnology) and applied ethology for animal welfare.

Information for international students

For this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Kirsty Sanderson, Programme Co-ordinator (MRes), Medical Sciences Graduate School
Email
mres-enquiries@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 5379