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Animal Behaviour and Welfare (MSc)


Queen’s University Belfast School of Biological Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

Designed for students aiming to work in research, education, and industry in the life sciences sector. Specifically this MSc will provide you with an advanced understanding of current and emerging issues in the both Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and provide you with an extensive range of lectures in a variety of topics.

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Animal Behaviour is the scientific study of what animals do, from single-celled organisms, invertebrates to vertebrates. It is one of the most exciting and interesting scientific disciplines, expanding rapidly over recent decades. Animal behaviour is key to understanding evolutionary processes, and there is a growing need to understand behaviour due to the impact of an increasing human population.

In addition, an understanding of animal behaviour is of

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above, in a relevant area of science (including psychology), or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, thus applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and can demonstrate appropriate experience, will be considered on an individual basis.


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Alison - MSc Student

I had a look around at a lot of other Universities offering similar courses and no one had a course like this to offer.

In my research project, I’m going to have a look at the potential effects of light pollution on hermit crab behavior - which is really interesting.



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