MSc Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation

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Why study animal behaviour?

Understand how animal behaviour research can be applied to solve modern conservation problems and develop the practical skills you need for a career in animal conservation, with our Masters degree in Cambridge.

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Our Masters in Animal Behaviour

Help solve real-world conservation issues, learn from industry experts and take advantage of our exciting residential field trip.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Why Animal Behaviour: Applications at Conservation at ARU?

What will I study?

On this cutting-edge Masters degree you'll study animal behaviour and consider how research technologies in this field can be applied to solve modern conservation problems.

This MSc Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation reflects growing awareness that knowledge and practical skills from animal behaviour research can help us develop effective solutions to the loss of biodiversity.

Developed in consultation with international conservation organisations, our postgraduate course will help you to develop the practical and analytical skills and knowledge needed for a career in animal conservation. It will also train you in the technologies and scientific methods used in animal behaviour research and modern conservation.

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Specialist facilities

At ARU you'll have access to our £45m Science Centre in the heart of Cambridge, which features:

  • seven floors of labs and teaching spaces
  • a biosciences laboratory
  • a modern, 300-seat lecture theatre.
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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


Graduates of our MSc Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation build successful careers in many roles including as a conservation biologist, scientist or curator at a zoo, conservation educator, or in ecotourism or environmental consultancy.

As a conservationist you can choose to work with many organisations, from private companies to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government departments.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Biology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

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“I studied conservation at ARU and now work as a key scientific co-ordinator reintroducing European bison to Germany. It’s an amazing role that involves management of bison herds; conducting research on ethology and ecology [and] participating in international conferences.”


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