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Behavioural Physiology Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master's programme Behavioural Physiology builds on the broad range of knowledge acquired in the bachelor's programme and aims to convey theoretical and practical expertise in various different disciplines related to animal and behavioural physiology. Education comprises areas such as immunobiology, ecotoxicology, animal husbandry and animal testing, neurobiology, social behaviour as well as physiology and behaviour. In-depth knowledge is conveyed on neuronal and physiological mechanisms of behaviour, functions of behaviour, social behaviour and its context and interactions with animal and plant environments, on behaviour-relevant aspects of animal breeding and husbandry as well as various types of communication, etc. Students should be able to identify and resolve societal, ethical and legal problems related to keeping zoo, domestic and laboratory animals. Students acquire key practical abilities for their future careers with the aid of statistical methods and laboratory and field work during the programme. In order to be able to specialise in different areas of behavioural physiology, students can choose between free and restricted elective courses. In addition to expertise, students acquire soft skills such as oral and written communication competence, ability to work in a team, social and problem-solving competences.

Expected results

Graduates of the master's programme Behavioural Physiology will have acquired comprehensive theoretical knowledge in animal husbandry and behavioural physiology and will thus have command of basic working and analysis techniques. They will be able to analyse animal behaviour, evaluate its functions and recognise its interactions with the environment.


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University degree
Master of Science „MSc“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 878
Faculty of Natural Science
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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