This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organizations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices.
We provide students with an understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in animal research, management, care, production, inspection, assessment and preparation of legislation.
In addition to the core teaching team, we have many guest lecturers travel to Edinburgh each year to teach on the programme, allowing you to benefit from the experience and knowledge of professionals working throughout the animal behaviour and welfare community.
- Why study Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare?
The programme involves taught courses and your own dissertation.
Throughout the taught courses you will take part in many visits to farms and animal facilities and will study the following courses:
- Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
- Biology of Suffering
- Animal Cognition and Consciousness
- Scientific Methodology
- Animal Welfare Applications
You can complete the programme over one, two or three years.
From March until August, you will work on a research project.
Graduates move on to a variety of jobs such as research technicians, scientific advisors, and lecturers. Many will also continue their study and enrol in a PhD.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Fees and Costs
You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies.
Scholarships and funding
UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs.
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