Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national we must receive your application by 1 August because you will need to obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Find out more about ATAS.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

Understand the causes, effects and ultimate explanations for the evolution of animal behaviour. On this course, you’ll learn to apply that understanding to conserve and manage species.

You’ll develop an advanced knowledge and practical experience of research skills in animal behaviour, putting you in a strong position to move on to a PhD or a research career.

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

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Mika Peck
+44 (0)1273 678057