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Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-22

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Animal Psychology / Behaviour Studies Animal Physiology

Course type


Course Summary

Learn with expert researchers how the dynamic field of animal behaviour integrates with wider biology and is applied to practical decision-making.

Course overview

From newts to bats, gorillas to cats, there is always more to learn about the mechanisms underlying behaviour. On this course you will get to grips with cutting-edge techniques used by top scientists to uncover the secrets of the natural world.

Why study this course with us?

You will explore how our most recent findings can be applied to solve real-world problems, such as in enhancing captive animal management or mitigating the effects of climate change. You will gain an understanding of key ethical dilemmas in the field, can improve your research skills, and explore a topic of interest to you in a personal dissertation project.

At Chester you will learn directly from leaders in the field of animal behavioural research. Regular research seminars and approachable, supportive staff make our department a friendly, welcoming community to students from a range of backgrounds. From hormone assays to genetic analysis, we have the facilities you will need to develop key laboratory skills. Chester is well placed to enable you to hone your field-based skills: nature reserves, zoos and national parks are easily accessible.


Assessment methods are varied and are targeted towards future employment. These could include poster presentations, grant applications, oral presentations, synthetic reviews, or laboratory reports.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.


In this module you will include the topics such as: Introduction to the major concepts and applications of conservation genetics; Effective population size; Founder effects and the need to manage populations; Phylogenetics and the subspecies debate; The use of noninvasive genetic techniques for conservation; Assessing the issue of hybridisation in wild populations; The role of museums specimens in conservation genetics; Role of phylogenetics in conservation; Genetic consequences of corridors and translocations; Practical exercise in molecular phylogenetics - quantitative analysis of DNA sequence data.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess an honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a biological/behavioural/ecological science (e.g., animal behaviour, conservation biology, zoology) including components of experimental design and statistical analysis. Applicants will also have relevant animal-related experience. Students with a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in an unrelated area must demonstrate on application that they have equivalent experience in a related field, e.g., wildlife conservation, captive animal management. They must also demonstrate on application evidence of experimental design and basic statistical analysis skills, perhaps during completion of a research dissertation.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more