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. 

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 29 hours of contact time and about 121 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: