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MRes Animal Behaviour

Course Description

Animal behaviour is a fascinating subject ranging from understanding the causes, effects and ultimate explanations for the evolution of animal behaviour to the physiological mechanisms involved and applying an understanding of animal behaviour to the conservation and management of species.

This MRes will give you advanced knowledge and research skills in animal behaviour. The research-focused degree is based on our research strengths in animal behaviour, from sexual selection and social behaviour to animal navigation and neuroethology, complemented by a range of relevant options from across the University.

The degree will provide you with a high-quality learning experience in animal behaviour research that will place you in a strong position to move on to a PhD in animal behaviour or a research career in associated areas.


The taught modules are assessed via a variety of methods including essays, reports and presentations. The project is assessed with a dissertation.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

The MRes in Animal Behaviour is based around an in-depth research project in animal behaviour, which has the aim of producing a scientific publication. This is complemented by a range of relevant taught options, including field courses. You study 180 credits of modules across the year.

Autumn term: you take Research Foundations (30 credits) and Project Proposal (15 credits). You also choose options from Masters Tropical Rainforest Field Course (15 credits) • Intelligence in Animals and Machines (15 credits) • Brain and Behaviour (15 credits) • News Research and Writing (15 credits).

Spring term: you choose options from Current Topics in Life Sciences (15 credits) • Rewilding and Ecosystem Services (15 credits) • Masters Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course (15 credits) • Neuroscience and Consciousness (15 credits).

Spring and summer terms: Masters Research Project (90 credits).

Career Paths

Our MRes graduates will have developed the skills and understanding to carry out scientific research in their chosen area of study, allowing them to move on to a PhD, and develop a career in academic research or other areas.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Visit the MRes Animal Behaviour page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

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