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4825F - Animal Behaviour MRes

Animal Behaviour MRes

Entry Year:

Start in: September 2021

Our Animal Behaviour MRes explores the exciting and theoretically rigorous area of the biological sciences.

Overview

Our MRes in Animal Behaviour has possible applications in:

  • conservation
  • animal welfare
  • biomedical science
  • agriculture

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

  • behavioural ecology
  • comparative cognition
  • neuroethology
  • animal welfare

Find out more about The Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Experts at Newcastle have discovered 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 for graduates with a BSc in life sciences, psychology or anthropology. You can complete it as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD.

You may have opportunities for industry experience and exposure.

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What you'll learn

You'll study subject-specific content in animal behaviour research. You'll add to these modules from a broad range of complementary options. The core module asks questions related to animal behaviour research. It also addresses their associated research methods, including:

  • adaptive consequences
  • proximate mechanisms
  • development
  • evolutionary history

Other relevant modules focus on:

  • comparative cognition
  • sensory systems (including neuroethology)
  • applied ethology for animal welfare

You'll have research-led seminars. Delivery of these seminars is by members of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. They cover a wide range of areas including:

  • taxa (insects to humans)
  • topics (olfaction to cooperation)
  • methodologies

Your 24-week research project comprises the major element of the course. You'll receive supervision from an expert academic researcher in the field.

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.

How you'll learn

Your development

You'll develop a range of research and practical laboratory skills.

Your future

Graduates from our programme have gone on to competitive PhD studentships, as well as jobs in research and in zoos.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

You'll work in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. This is part of our city-centre campus.

The Faculty is also home to:

  • dentistry
  • medicine
  • psychology
  • pharmacy

It is on the same site as Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital. We are one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:

  • individual research laboratories where students carry out their projects
  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
  • dedicated facilities for a range of key bioscience applications. This includes flow cytometry, bioinformatics, imaging, genomics and proteomics

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply



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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

UK students should contact:
Medical Sciences Graduate School

Email: mres-enquiries@ncl.ac.uk

International students should contact:
Faculty of Medical Sciences

Email: biomed-international-pg@ncl.ac.uk

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