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 (Distance examination)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: