Taught course

Animal Behaviour

University of Exeter · Psychology

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biological Sciences, Psychology, Ecology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is offered within the Psychology department, which means it provides a strong background in a broad cross-section of research methods used by researchers studying human and animal behaviour, a strong training in statistical methods and a multidisciplinary study environment. Students learn how to formulate and test relevant research questions, and critically evaluate the research carried out by others in the field.

The programme will gives an insight into the varied means of performing animal behaviour research in a wide array of locations with wild and (semi-)captive animals – in the wild, laboratory, zoo or under human management.

Students are part of the lively, internationally-recognised Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour and have the opportunity to work alongside our experienced researchers on a research apprenticeship which is a central component of the course. The apprenticeship enables students to develop their research skills further and write up the research in the form of a journal article for potential publication. Apprenticeships can also be undertaken under the supervision of researchers at various institutions.

Successful completion of the MSc gives students the skills to pursue a PhD, work as a research assistant and project manager or follow a career working in zoos, research centres, nature reserves, wildlife and other animal-related offices, education, scientific media and the expanding field of eco-tourism.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/admissions/applying/english

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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