BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour

  • Available in Clearing 2023
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Studying Animal Behaviour at ARU

Study with us in Cambridge and learn why animals behave in the ways that they do, and how this can impact on their health and welfare and influence the management of companion, domestic, captive and wild animals.

Our Animal Behaviour BSc (Hons) course is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK and is accredited by the Society of Biology.

Study with us in Cambridge and you’ll learn why animals behave in the ways that they do, and how this can impact on the management of animals both in the wild and in captivity.

What is Animal Behaviour?

We know more than ever before about the behaviour of animals. But with so much still left to learn, you could even have the chance to discover a scientific breakthrough as you develop the skills to investigate animals that will allow you to contribute to important discoveries in the future.

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Field trips

Field trips are a central part of our Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation, and Zoology degrees. You'll have the chance to learn more about tropical ecology and conservation, Dutch zoo design, and wildlife in the Hebrides. You could even learn to scuba dive. As well as offering unforgettable experiences, field trips provide essential practical experience.

Outstanding facilities and opportunities

As a student at ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

  • state-of-the-art laboratory facilities including a 200-station biosciences laboratory in our Science Centre
  • the chance to gain experience and build your employability skills on an optional placement year
  • award-winning IT and library facilities.

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Royal Society of Biology

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, our degree course offers an integrated, scientific approach with hands-on experiences.


Studying animal behaviour could give you the opportunity to help future generations to see species live and in the flesh, and not just read about them in a history book.

What can you do with an animal behaviour degree?

What you’ll learn studying animal behaviour could see you helping to manage and enhance the habitats of animals in captivity or educating the public about the importance of animal welfare and conservation. With the breadth of skills you’ll acquire, you could find yourself working in animal training and behavioural rehabilitation, teaching in a zoo, or even working in a laboratory.

Our Animal Behaviour degree also acts as a foundation for you to become a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). You’ll need to undertake practical training under the supervision of practising CCABs before presenting case studies and a further clinical examination prior to certification. For more information see, and

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation or our MSc Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

Ben's story

What an Animal Behaviour graduate did next

Being at ARU helped crystallise my love for the natural world. Today I'm here surrounded by papers on primate genetics and schedules for filming another BBC piece.


"I realised through my time at ARU how often opportunities arise. I grabbed everything I could to develop my CV, which has worked wonders as I now work at my dream job at Woburn Safari Park! I love being a keeper. It really does bring me so much joy."


BSc (Hons) Zoology graduate

Olivia's story

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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