This course allows you to develop your understanding of the breadth and importance of animal behaviour. You will consider how behaviour is shaped by the interaction of genetics, evolutionary history and present-day environments. You will also examine the ways that behaviour changes over the lifetime of organisms and the genetic, physiological, hormonal and environmental mechanisms that control it. You will learn how to record behavioural data and use specialist software for its analysis. Applications include the use of behaviour analysis to improve the welfare and management of domestic, wild and zoo populations. Species studied include the whole range of animal life from ragworms to rhinos, from locusts to lemurs. Features and benefits of the course : - The flexible degree courses we offer give you a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of the biological sciences. - Throughout your course you will acquire practical skills in the laboratory and in the field – both in the UK and overseas. - You will explore topics and issues that impact upon our lives and the world around us and there is a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms to choose from. - You will learn in high specification teaching and research laboratories which include a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour and freshwater biology labs, and controlled environment plant growth chambers. We also have high spec nuclear magnetic resonance, spectrometry and chromatography instrumentation which gives you hands-on experience of advanced analysis techniques. - The four year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year or you can undertake a 12 month placement in Year 3 to boost your employment prospects. - You will have the opportunity to be involved in fieldwork in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.