Animal Behavioural Ecology (C1020)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The module will cover the evolution and ecology of the behaviour of non-human animals.

The module will introduce key concepts and methods for studying the evolution of animal behaviour, such as optimisation modelling and game theory, then apply them to specific areas such as foraging, animal contests, alternative strategies and social behaviour. 


79%: Lecture
14%: One-to-one (Tutorial)
7%: Practical (Fieldwork)


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 29 hours of contact time and 121 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.