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.

Students 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 students acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists.

Understand theory and methods

The programme provides students with 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, students are encouraged to 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 students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge.

After completing the programme, students will be well acquainted with the theories of animal behaviour and biology. They 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.

Career opportunities

You will be qualified for postgraduate education at the doctoral level. Non-academic options include working with 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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Last updated February 25, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
252,000 SEK
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