Postgraduate

Animal Behaviour MRes

Animal Behaviour MRes

MRes - full time: 12 months

Profile

Our Animal Behaviour MRes is research-based with a taught component. It provides a springboard into a career that involves scientific research.

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About this course

The study of animal behaviour is an exciting and theoretically rigorous area of the biological sciences with possible applications in:

  • conservation
  • animal welfare
  • biomedical science
  • agriculture

The Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University brings together world experts in:

  • behavioural ecology
  • comparative cognition
  • neuroethology
  • animal welfare

Experts at Newcastle have discovered, among other things, that:

  • bees learn better when exposed to caffeine
  • starlings who were hungry as babies become heavier as adults
  • mice have pain faces

You can also be part of this exciting research community. The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences, psychology or anthropology. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD.

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Student Profile

I really enjoy further improving my knowledge about the subjects that really interest and inspire me. During the taught section of my Master’s it was good to come together with like-minded students and share and opinions, whether they were similar or contrasted, it was really helpful to see the topic from another perspective that was not initially clear.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

Course content changes periodically to reflect:

  • changing staff expertise
  • recent developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback
  • numbers of students interested in an optional module

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

Most module information for 2020 entry will be available from the end of May 2020.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Careers

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Graduate destinations

Careers Service

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

Here are the fees you will pay for your course and some potential funding opportunities.

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

MRes

UK

Full time: £7,800

EU

Full time: £7,800

International

Full time: £22,800

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

Here are the academic and English language requirements you need to study on this course.

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • any biological or behavioural science discipline, including anthropology, psychology and linguistics
  • or an MBBS/BDS degree

This programme accepts both medical and dental students wishing to take a master's degree as an intercalation. You will need to have successfully completed your third or fourth year of study.  

Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential. The modules you can study may depend on your academic background.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

You are NOT required to submit a research project proposal for MRes programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences as part of your online application.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.