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Animal Behaviour and Welfare, MPhil/PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (WUR) Lincoln, United Kingdom
The scientific study of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at University of Lincoln furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do, and helps us learn how best to respond to the challenges that animals face when living in captive and wild environments. 
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Overview

At Lincoln, this is informed by academics who are considered to be at the forefront of their respective fields in welfare assessment, animal management, evolutionary biology, and animal cognition, and the range of specialist facilities available includes aquatic and reptile facilities, an insectary, and a bioacoustics laboratory.

Students can benefit from training courses provided by the University to develop key skills in research. Under the guidance and advice of their PhD supervisors, students will be encouraged to present talks and seminars on their work both at the University of Lincoln as well at national and international meetings and conferences. Under the guidance of your PhD supervisors students will also be expected to produce progress reports, develop their ability to write up work for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and ultimately to effectively communicate their research and thesis.

Assessment

Each student of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at University of Lincoln will have at least one monthly formal meeting with their supervisors where progress will be discussed. After three months students are expected to provide an outline of their research proposal, which will be evaluated. After the first year they may apply for transfer to a PhD programme via a written report and they will be orally examined.

Both the MPhil and PhD are awarded based on the quality of a student’s thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

       MPhil: 1.5-3 years PhD: 2-4 years

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      MPhil: 2-4 years part-time. PhD: 3-6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Topics

Research within the School of Life Sciences is conducted within six research groups. 

  • Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare group explores the causes, functions, and evolution of animal behaviour and the impact this has on animal welfare
  • Evolution and Ecology group examines population dynamics and evolutionary processes at all levels of biological organisation
  •  Drug Design and Delivery group focuses on the application and efficacy of novel therapeutics
  • Molecular Basis of Disease group aims to understand disease at a molecular level in order to improve diagnosis and treatment

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16100 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Part time

  • UK/EU: £2,204 per year
  • International: £8,050 per year

Living costs for Lincoln

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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