Taught course

Animal Behaviour

University of St Andrews · School of Biology

Entry requirements

A first or upper 2.1 (Honours) undergraduate degree in a biological science.

Months of entry


Course content

  • This programme has a distinct focus on the theoretical, experimental design-based, analytical and technical approaches underpinning modern animal behaviour research.
  • The programme will be taught within the School of Biology’s Centre for Biological Diversity, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for animal behaviour research. The staff who will teach this programme are renowned researchers in areas of animal cognition, cultural evolution, biologging and the study of complex behavioural systems.
  • A core curriculum focused on training in valuable transferable skills is supplemented with a range of specialised options allowing students to explore topics of particular interest at an advanced level.
  • Students will undertake a detailed independent research project within one of the School of Biology’s research groups. Wherever possible, students will choose which laboratory they wish to complete their project in.
  • Student-led seminars and workshops are designed to support learning, enhance confidence and promote employability.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3441