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Masters degrees in Animal Psychology study the cognitive processes of a variety of animals, including concepts such as instinct and self-organisation.
Related subjects include Animal Behaviour and Evolutionary & Comparative Psychology. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree such as Animal Science or Evolutionary Studies.
With beginnings in the natural sciences and the evolutionary theory of Darwinism, the way in which we think about the minds of animals is similar to the way in which we think about our own cognition.
For example, you might explore how changes in animal behaviour may signal stress, anxiety and fear, or how environmental influences affect the way an animal behaves. Or, you could examine the nature versus nurture argument, investigating characteristics such as instinct, and the theories behind the ‘fight or flight’ model.
Careers in this field include routes into veterinary science and animal care, where you might be employed to treat behavioural issues. Alternatively, you could explore avenues in animal conservation, particularly consultancy for institutions such as zoos and manned reservations.
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