Within this programme you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter a variety of career options or help you advance in your current role. Our passionate academic staff will be able to support you throughout the programme and whether you complete the full Master´s level course or an interim programme you will gain the confidence to analyse data, present findings and explain scientific principles to a range of audiences.
Standard entry requirements apply. Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree in an animal related or natural science subject from a UK university or international equivalent. Although, applicants who have studied other related areas such as psychology will be considered. Relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
The course includes theoretical and practical based modules. Students will study the underpinning principles of animal welfare science as well as studying and developing techniques for assessing animal welfare in different settings. The course also includes consideration of human attitudes to animals and the influence this has on their welfare and care. The ways in which animals perceive their environment and the impact this has on their welfare is also discussed.
Special course features
First MSc exclusively in animal welfare in the UK
Considers the measurement of welfare and behaviour as well as the relationships between human beings and animals
Students can choose to study individual modules as they wish
The course is mindful of employment prospects - in particular the opportunities opened up by the new animal welfare bill
Investigates how animals learn and reviews the historical development of theories. The influence of humans on animal behaviour and the role of learning on animal welfare will also be reviewed and evaluated.
Assessing Animal Welfare
Examines the methods used to assess the welfare of an animal including the behavioural and physiological indicators of pain, suffering and distress. You will evaluate a variety of assessment methods applicable to different animal industries, highlighting their limitations as well as the ethical implications of these methods.
Attitudes to Animals
Enables you to contextualise current and historical attitudes to animals including political and societal pressures. The methods employed by a variety of animal interest groups to raise awareness within society will be compared, both in terms of the nature of their methods and their success in achieving stated objectives.
Principles of Animal Welfare
Ensures that you have a broad knowledge of the key concepts within animal welfare as well as the causes of legislative changes and their impact on business and society.
Research and Analytical Methods
Develops your abilities to produce your own research and analytical project, whilst establishing the foundation for the later development of your research thesis project. Specifically you focus on the acquisition, processing and delivery of information, approaches to analysis and interpretation, effective communication skills, recommendations to academic, professional and other audiences as well as the design of ethical and health and safety assessments and guidelines.
The Animal Brain and Behaviour
Advances your knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the brain and how it controls behaviour patterns. You will research and analyse current understanding of complex cognitive abilities and of mental states such as emotionality and self awareness.
You will work on your independent research thesis during stage three of the programme, however you are able to prepare throughout the course. You are able to choose the focus of your thesis and work closely with your course tutors to ensure that you develop your research skills and technical knowledge. Previous projects have covered a wide range of topics such as dairy cow UV light level exposure, contraception in grey squirrels, online exotic pet sales and cognitive bias in chickens.
Our graduates take up senior positions within a variety of organisations. These include roles within local and national government, zoos, feed and nutrition companies, national and international pressure groups, customs and excise, as well as veterinary and medical laboratories. Throughout this programme, you will also gain the skills required to pursue PhD studies.
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