Applied Ethology and Animal Biology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 16 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:2076 Duration:24 months

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The master’s programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. Students gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress as related to 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 renowned zoos in Sweden. A number of teaching sessions are held at the zoo where students acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists.

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

  • Theory of Applied Ethology
  • Methods of Applied Ethology
  • Behavioural Neurobiology
  • Behaviour Genetics
  • Zoobiology
  • Primate Ethology
  • In situ Conservation Biology

In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects involving studies of animals in captive environments.

The key part of the programme is the one year degree project in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge.
After completing the programme, students will be well acquainted with theories of animal behaviour and biology and they will have a deeper understanding of animal welfare and conservation. Further, they will be trained to plan, implement and present a scientific investigation in the subject framework of the programme.

Career opportunitiesCompleted studies qualify students for postgraduate education at the doctoral level. Non-academic options include working within governmental and international animal or environmental agencies. Graduates can become animal welfare inspectors, wildlife conservationists or advisors for zoos and private companies.

Degree: Master of Science with a major in Biology.

Course details

Year : 2015

Study Programme : ETH

Specialisation : ETH

Course code / Course name


  • NBID63 Applied Ethology
  • NBID54 Behavioral Neurobiology
  • NBID65 Behaviour Genetics
  • NBID60 Zoobiology
  • NBID62 In situ Conservation for Ethologists
  • NBID61 Primate Ethology
  • NBID43 Communicating Science
Programme specific requirementsApplicants shall havea bachelor's degree with a major in the field of biology English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

LiU International Scholarships

Linköping University offers scholarships to new students with excellent academic results. Scholarships within the programme LiU International Scholarships will result in a tuition fee waiver.

Who is eligible?

  • Students who have applied for master’s programmes at Linköping University in time (before 15 January)
  • AND who have chosen a programme at Linköping University as the first priority (ranked as No.1 out of 4)
  • AND who are required to pay tuition fees
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