Advanced Animal Behaviour (C1201)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

People have studied animals to shed light on the human condition and understand the evolution of behaviour across the animal kingdom. Modern methods and techniques allow us to ask deeper questions about the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of animal behaviour. Rigorous science can be applied to understand ethics and welfare in situations where humans and animals interact.

This module directly builds what you learn in previous modules (Neuroscience and Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology), as well as the skills you developed throughout your degree. It also complements project and field-trip work as you expand your professional skills.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 38 hours of contact time and about 112 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: