Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Master's programme, 120 credits

This programme deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. The aim is to provide students with a solid understanding of theory and methods of applied ethology.

Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Master's programme, 120 credits

Autumn 2018, Full time 100%, Linköping

Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Master's programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2018, Full time 100%, Linköping

You gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress and its role in animal welfare, the effects of domestication on animal behaviour, the physiology of behaviour, and conservation biology. The programme is taught in collaboration with Kolmården Wildlife Park, one of the largest and most highly renowned zoos in Sweden. Several teaching sessions are held at the zoo where you acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists.

Understand theory and methods

The programme provides a solid understanding of theory and methods of applied ethology and broadens their understanding of animal biology through courses such as:

  • Applied Ethology
  • Stress and Animal Welfare
  • Behavioural Neurobiology
  • Behaviour Genetics
  • Zoobiology
  • Primate Ethology
  • Conservation Biology for Ethologists

Hands-on projects

In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, you participate in hands-on projects involving studies of animals in captive environments. A key part of the programme is a one-year degree project in which you apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge.

After completing the programme, you will be well-acquainted with the theoretical background of animal behaviour and biology. You will have a deep understanding of animal welfare and conservation, and learn how to plan, implement and present a research project within the scientific field of the programme.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the plus sign at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities

You will be qualified for postgraduate education at the doctoral level. Non-academic options include working within governmental and international animal or environmental agencies. Graduates may find work as animal welfare inspectors, wildlife conservationists or advisors for zoos and private companies.

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