University of Chester
Animal Behaviour MSc
University of Chester

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

From newts to bats, gorillas to cats, there is always more to learn about the mechanisms underlying behaviour. On this course you will get to grips with cutting-edge techniques used by top scientists to uncover the secrets of the natural world. You will explore how our most recent findings can be applied to solve real-world problems, such as in enhancing captive animal management or mitigating the effects of climate change. You will gain an understanding of key ethical dilemmas in the field, have the opportunity to improve your research skills, and explore a topic of interest to you in a personal dissertation project.

Why study this course with us?

At Chester you will learn directly from leaders in the field of animal behavioural research. Regular research seminars and approachable, supportive staff make our department a friendly, welcoming community to students from a range of backgrounds. From hormone assays to genetic analysis, we have the facilities you will need to develop key laboratory skills. Chester is well placed to enable you to hone your field-based skills: nature reserves, zoos and national parks are easily accessible.

Various long-term departmental research projects, both in the UK and abroad, allow a diverse range of dissertation opportunities and your participation in ground-breaking research. Our teaching team also has strong links to industry and your dissertation project could provide you with valuable networking opportunities and experience in a specialist field such as wildlife monitoring or animal management. We have close links with zoos, aquaria, charities and NGOs – invaluable for helping you on your future career path.

There is a key focus on practical applications in this course. Problem-solving skills will be targeted by authentic coursework and you will build a careers portfolio with help from a designated personal tutor. The tasks we set, including science communication, grant application writing, evaluative reports and poster presentations, are both engaging and highly applicable to a range of employment opportunities.

Assessment methods are varied and are targeted towards future employment. These could include poster presentations, grant applications, oral presentations, synthetic reviews or laboratory reports.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Animal Behaviour, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Applicants should normally possess an honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a biological/behavioural/ecological science (e.g. animal behaviour, conservation biology, zoology) including components of experimental design and statistical analysis. Applicants will also have relevant animal-related experience.

Students with a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in an unrelated area must demonstrate on application that they have equivalent experience in a related field, e.g. wildlife conservation, captive animal management. They must also demonstrate on application evidence of experimental design and basic statistical analysis skills, perhaps during completion of a research dissertation.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Chester

The University of Chester, as the name suggests, is a university located in Chester. The university is formally affiliated with the Christian faith, but they make it clear in their mission statement that students of all faiths or no faith at all are welcome at their university. Chester operates from a total of six campuses, five of which are in Chester, the other in Warrington, with the main campus building being known as Parkgate Road Campus.

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