Research course

Animal Behaviour

University of Sussex · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Please see our website for further information.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

Animal behaviour is a fascinating subject ranging from understanding the causes, effects and ultimate explanations for the evolution of animal behaviour to the physiological mechanisms involved and applying an understanding of animal behaviour to the conservation and management of species.

This MRes will give you advanced knowledge and research skills in animal behaviour. The research-focused degree is based on our research strengths in animal behaviour, from sexual selection and social behaviour to animal navigation and neuroethology, complemented by a range of relevant options from across the University.

The degree will provide you with a high-quality learning experience in animal behaviour research that will place you in a strong position to move on to a PhD in animal behaviour or a research career in associated areas.

Department specialisms

Animal behaviour research at Sussex is carried out by faculty in both the Schools of Life Sciences and Psychology, and encompasses understanding both the proximate mechanisms and ultimate causes of animal behaviour. Our research interests include the behavioural ecology of social insects and other social organisms, understanding the causes and consequences of ‘animal personalities’, the neurobiology of behaviour, self-organisation and robot models of animal behaviour, chemical communication and vocal communication, vision and navigation, and sexual selection and sexual conflict. We work with a wide range of animals in our research from ants, bees and cuttlefish to white sharks and lions.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score


Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Mika Peck
+44 (0)1273 877332