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Course overview

On this course, you will discover how the scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare is an exciting and rapidly changing field. It allows us to increase our understanding of the diverse ways in which non-human animals function and react to their environment. An animal’s welfare can range on a sliding scale from very poor to excellent; when managing animals in captivity or conserving them in the wild, it is important that we understand how we can try to meet their biological needs.

Studying a course full-time traditionally takes three years to complete.

  • Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
  • University Centre Reaseheath
UCAS Code
D325
Duration
3 Years

Why Study Animal Behaviour and Welfare with us?

This course offers an integrated, scientific approach to the study of the theory and practice of animal behaviour and welfare, and the wider role of this discipline within the biological sciences. It includes a combination of academic skills development, practical experience and the enhancement of wider employability skills, drawing on staff expertise in teaching, research and industry.

You will be taught at University Centre Reaseheath in the Foundation Year (if applicable) and in Year 1, and at the University of Chester in Years 2 and 3. University Centre Reaseheath is a full member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), and houses over 1,000 animals.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Parkgate Road Campus, Chester

Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.

Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.

Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.

Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.

University Centre Reaseheath

Located on the outskirts of Nantwich in rural Cheshire, our campus has industry standard teaching facilities but still retains its friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Our innovative £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology is one of the most modern glasshouse training facilities in the UK with its state-of-the-art glasshouse for food crop trials and research. It also houses a fully equipped science laboratory and CAD design studios.

Our Animal Centre has a licensed zoo, home to over 250 different animal species, and is accredited by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). Students of Canine Behaviour will benefit from on-site kenneling facilities, commercial standard grooming parlours, dedicated dog training areas and a full set of competition quality dog agility equipment.

As a regional centre for agricultural education, our modern farm has world class facilities and is home to Reaseheath Pedigree High Yielding Holsteins and Youngstock. Our £3.5 million Equestrian Centre provides both indoor and outdoor riding arenas for equine science students.

You will have access to our campus sport facilities including high and low ropes courses, an indoor climbing wall, gym with Technogym equipment and a brand new 3G Pitch and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Set among 330 hectares of farm, parklands and woodland with its own lake, this stunning campus is the perfect environment for degree students to work, rest and play.

Chester

From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".

The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.

Open Days 2017

Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

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Open Days 2017

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 14th October
  • Saturday 28th October

Warrington Dates

  • Saturday 21st October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 21st October
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