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Natural History and Animal Behaviour

Anglia Ruskin University
A Cambridge (Inghilterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (Inghilterra)
  • Durata:
    3 Years

The overall aim of this course is to provide you with the practical skills to combine knowledge of the habitats and species around you in the natural world, alongside the study of animal behaviour. You will gain a thorough understanding of how and why animals behave in the ways they do and learn how this knowledge can be applied in areas such as the management and conservation of wild and domesticated animals. You will also acquire the skills needed to carry out your own investigations in order to contribute to future discoveries.

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Requisiti: Required subject(s): GCE A-level Biology (or equivalent qualification) GCSE(s) Preferred: English grade C, Mathematics grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Dove e quando

Inizio Luogo
01 ottobre 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire, Inghilterra
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Cosa impari in questo corso?

Animal Behaviour
Marine Biology
IT Management
Skills and Training


Course overview

Our programme in Natural History was the first of its kind in the UK. It was designed to bring together taxonomic and observational skills - in the way that was so effectively utilised by earlier generations of natural historians like Gilbert White and even Charles Darwin. Darwin wrote of his days in Cambridge when learning about beetles, 'No pursuit at Cambridge was followed with nearly so much eagerness or gave me so much pleasure as collecting beetles... I can remember the exact appearance of certain posts, old trees and banks where I made a good capture'.

Our understanding of the behaviour of other animals has flourished over recent decades. Yet the discipline still presents many challenges and is set to provide some of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 21st Century. There has never been a more exciting and important time to be a student of Animal Behaviour.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Animal Behaviour in Context
  • Biomeasurement
  • Core Biology
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Ecology

Year two core modules

  • Concepts in Animal Behaviour
  • Practical Biology
  • Preparation for Research
  • Practical Biodiversity
  • Communities & Ecosystems

Year three core modules

  • Advanced Topics in Behavioural Ecology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Undergraduate Project
  • Countryside Management

Year one optional modules

  • British Wildlife & Conservation
  • Animal Form & Function
  • Plant Life
  • Introduction to Marine Biology
  • English for Study I and II

Year two optional modules

  • Animal Ecophysiology
  • Animal Health & Nutrition
  • Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Biological Oceanography
  • BioGIS
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Tropical Ecology and Management
  • Photography and Broadcasting in Natural History

Year three optional modules

  • Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
  • Coastal Marine Biology
  • Domestication & Behaviour of Domestic and Captive Animals
  • Mammalogy
  • Biogeography
  • Population Ecology & Wildlife Management
  • Behaviour & Management of Zoo Animals
  • Biological Conservation
  • Behaviour of Marine Animals
  • Practical Marine Biology
  • Wildlife Management & Conservation
  • Special Topics in Animal Behaviour


Modules are assessed in a variety of ways. Most are a mix of written assessments, computer-based assessments and written examinations. Additional methods of assessment may include spoken presentations, posters, portfolios and workbooks. Generally, written examinations have a higher weighting in Year 3, but all modules include a coursework component.

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Career opportunities: This pathway is designed to provide you with the specialised skills required to work as a professional in the disciplines of Natural History, Ecology and Conservation. The pathway also provides excellent general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory for a wide range of organisations. Potential employers include: government agencies, environmental consultancies, wildlife conservation organisations, and educational and research establishments. The course may also lead on to further postgraduate study and a research career.