BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom
3 - 4 years
EUR 16,200 **
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The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do and helps us learn how best to respond to the challenges that animals face when living in captive and wild environments.
This degree employs a multi-disciplinary, research-driven approach to the study of animal behaviour and welfare. The course aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand animal behaviour and welfare, working, for example, with insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
It is informed by academics who are considered to be at the forefront of their respective fields in welfare assessment, animal management, evolutionary biology, and animal cognition. This includes leading experts Professor Daniel Mills, who specialises in clinical animal behaviour; Professor Anna Wilkinson, who specialises in animal cognition; and Professor Oliver Burman, who specialises in assessment of animal welfare.
Students can participate in a residential field trip in the UK, enabling them to study animals in their natural habitats and develop their academic and professional skills in the field. For UK based field trips, the University will cover costs of transport, accommodation, and meals at the field site.
There is also an overseas field trip available in the third year as part of the optional 'Overseas Field Course' module.
"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"
How You Study
In the first year, students can develop a solid foundation in animal anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics, captive animal management, and animal behaviour.
These themes are developed further in the second year through the study of specialist subjects dealing with animal behaviour, health, and disease.
In the final year, core modules focus on pure and applied aspects of animal behaviour and welfare. Students also undertake a supervised, independent research project.
- Animal Management (Core)
- Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Animals (Core)
- Ecology (Core)
- Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Core)
- Introduction to Life Sciences (Core)
- Research Methods for the Life Sciences (Core)
- Animal Behaviour (Core)
- Animal Health and Disease (Core)
- Animal Protection (Core)
- Conservation Biology (Core)
- Data Skills for the Life Sciences (Core)
- Evolution (Option)†
- Immunology (Option)†
- Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology (Option)†
- Managing Ecosystems (Option)†
- Reproduction and Development (Option)†
- SLS Study Abroad (Option)†
- UK Field Course (Option)†
- Animal Cognition and Welfare (Core)
- Applied Animal Behaviour (Core)
- Life Sciences Research Project (Core)
- Behavioural Ecology (Option)†
- Control of Animal Disease (Option)†
- Overseas Field Course (Option)†
- Plant and Animal Interactions (Option)†
- Practical Skills in Conservation (Option)†
- Veterinary Parasitology (Option)†
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How You Are Assessed
The way students are assessed in this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
Scholarships and Funding
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
Program Tuition Fee
Graduates have gone on to work in both practical and research roles that involve the management, welfare, training, and conservation of companion, farm, and wild animals. Some graduates choose to continue their studies at Master’s or PhD level at the University of Lincoln, including our MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour.
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