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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.

Start Date
September, 2017
  • Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
  • University Centre Reaseheath
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.

Parkgate Road Campus, Chester

As a student on this course, you will study at Parkgate Road Campus, Chester. Commonly referred to as our main campus, it’s home to a variety of academic departments, teaching and learning areas, and subject specific facilities.

Here you’ll find many of our central services, including the award-winning Student Support and Guidance team, Careers and Employability, University Chapel, and the Seaborne Library, with its 24 hour open-access computer labs.

Playing host to an extensive range of on-campus social and leisure facilities, including the fitness centre, 25 metre swimming pool and the Students’ Union (CSU); which houses a shop, Starbucks and popular student bar (CH1), you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained on campus.

As well as being a learning site, Parkgate Road Campus is also home to a variety of University accommodation, allowing students from an array of courses to come together in a friendly, secure, and supportive environment. With a launderette, Santander Bank, bookshop, faith spaces, and modern catering outlets all located on-site, this campus gives you easy access to everything you could need, whilst the lively city centre on your doorstep places you right at the heart of the Chester experience.

University Centre Reaseheath

Life in 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.

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