University of Exeter: Animal Behaviour (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of Exeter View institution profile
Department Psychology View department profile
Telephone +44(0)1392 723044
Study type Taught


Our MSc Animal Behaviour is unusual in that it is offered within a Psychology department. This benefits you by providing a strong background in a broad cross-section of research methods used by researchers studying human and animal behaviour, a strong training in statistical methods and a multidisciplinary study environment. You will learn how to formulate and test relevant research questions and critically evaluate the research carried out by others in the field.

The programme will give you insights into the varied means of performing animal behaviour research in a wide array of locations with wild and (semi-)captive animals – in field, laboratory, zoo or other human managed settings. As part of the taught component you will be exposed to lectures and seminar discussions, research talks and discussions with speakers; boost and consolidate your knowledge and skills in statistical data analysis; participate in a one-week residential field course (during the Easter break); and engage in research skill training sessions. During the course you will continuously develop your abilities in critical analysis of the literature and of scientific evidence, project development, communication and scientific writing.

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Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in biological sciences, psychology, ecology or a related discipline. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.


External examiners have praised our imaginative variety of assessments. Advanced Statistics is assessed by coursework and a written examination; the other taught modules are assessed by coursework. There is a wide range of coursework from essays and reports to seminar diaries and written quizzes. The Research Apprenticeship requires a research project to be written up either as a dissertation or as a research paper.


Please note constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.
The compulsory modules can include; Advanced Statistics; Behavioural Science Research Skills; Advances and Methods in Animal Behaviour; Research Apprenticeship; Current Research Issues in Animal Behaviour.

Location Streatham Campus
Northcote House
Queen's Drive


International 19800 GBP for Year 1
EU 9400 GBP for Year 1
England 9400 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 9400 GBP for Year 1
Wales 9400 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 9400 GBP for Year 1

Psychology at the University of Exeter  


Why Psychology at the University of Exeter?

  • Top 100 in the world for Psychology in the QS World University Rankings 2017
  • 85% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent[1]  
  • Internationally respected and fast developing social, environmental and organisational psychology research group, and a major centre for cognitive, clinical and neuroscience research
  • Numerous external links with organisations including IBM, The Ministry of Defence, and a unique partnership with the NHS
  • Extensive research facilities including eyetracking, EEG/ERP and TMS laboratories, audio-visual recording suite and MRI scanner

[1] REF 2014 based on the percentage ...

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