How and why do animals behave as they do? Animal behaviourists use rigorous, scientific methods to answer such questions. The scientific study of animal behaviour provides amazing insights into the ways in which animals survive and reproduce within their dynamic environment, is essential for the successful conservation and management of rare and endangered species, and is key to improving the welfare of captive and domestic animals. This variant of our Animal Behaviour scheme includes an integrated year in industry between the second and fourth years of study. A year of work experience will greatly enhance your employment prospects, and provide a head start to your career in Animal Behaviour! So why Aberystwyth? You will be studying in a University that is ranked in the top 4 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016).You will have access to our fantastic laboratories and equipment including radio-tracking equipment, nest boxes, laboratories & aquaria, plus a historic specimen collection. On our doorstep, you will find amazing local habitats including coastlines, estuaries, woodlands, and hills, allowing access to species such as red kites, chough, grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises. And if you’ve still more appetite for field work, you can take the residential field course in animal behaviour too. This degree at Aberystwyth University teaches you a broad range of transferable skills such as observation, research, analysis and reflection. You will also be studying in a department that has invested over £55 million in infrastructure of student facilities. This degree is engineered to give you a head start in the competitive job market after graduation. Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.If you are unable to obtain a work experience placement, don't worry, you will have the opportunity to transfer to its sister course C120 BSc Animal Behaviour (3 years). What are our graduates doing now? Many of our students go onto postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level, aiming for careers in pure or applied science, or science communication. Others have gone on to careers as scientific animal technicians and medical laboratory assistants. During their studies, many of our students have volunteered for conservation projects such as the Pine Martin Recovery Project and Iberian Lynx captive breeding program, or for organisations such as the RSPB.