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Animal Behaviour and Welfare, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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Designed for students aiming to work in research, education, and industry in the life sciences sector, this MSc will provide you with an advanced understanding of current and emerging issues in the both Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at Queen's University Belfast and provide you with an extensive range of lectures in a variety of topics.

About

Animal Behaviour is the scientific study of what animals do, from single-celled organisms, invertebrates to vertebrates. It is one of the most exciting and interesting scientific disciplines, expanding rapidly over recent decades. Animal behaviour is key to understanding evolutionary processes, and there is a growing need to understand behaviour due to the impact of an increasing human population.

In addition, an understanding of animal behaviour is of fundamental importance to safeguard animal welfare. Thus, the study of animal behaviour provides the foundation for successful conservation and to increase and regulate the welfare of both domestic and wild animals. The course covers a wide range of animals, from insects to primates, taking in companion and farm animals. Thus, there is something of interest for everyone.

Throughout the MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course from Queen's University Belfast students will get fundamental training in Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Experimental Design, Statistics, and Presentation Skills to succeed on the competitive job market. The content provided during the course will also be useful for those who wish to pursue a PhD in Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology, Conservation, Evolutionary Ecology, and Animal Welfare.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare Highlights

Career Development

  • Many of our graduates secure dream jobs around the world.

World Class Facilities

  • The School of Biological Sciences has a wide range of facilities to carry out Animal Behaviour and Welfare research. Our world class facilities include access to: Animal Laboratory Services Belfast Zoo Farm Animal Research Facilities Queen’s University Marine Laboratory Collections throughout the UK and Ireland

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • This course offers a unique opportunity to obtain a qualification in the fields of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare delivered by world class scientists.

Student Experience

  • In contrast to most MSc programmes at other UK universities, we will provide students with an extensive range of lectures in a variety of topics (for details see Programme Content).

 

Career Prospects

Current graduates have taken up further PhD study both here at Queen’s and further afield. Others have gone on to work in both the private (Sea Watch Foundation, Dogs Trust, ISPCA ) and public sector (DOE Marine Division, NISRA) here in Northern Ireland and internationally (Canada, Thailand, and Italy).

 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare 
  • Foundations for Research in the Biosciences 
  • Key Skills in Animal Behaviour and Welfare 
  • Literature Review: Animal Behaviour
  • Research Project: Animal Behaviour and Welfare 
  • Professional Development and Work Placement

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity

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

              Full-time
              • Full-time duration 12 months
              Part-time
              • Average part-time duration 24 months
              • Intensity Flexible
            • Credits
              180 alternative credits
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score:

              80

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            • Minimum required score:

              6

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: Lower Second Class

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower 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).

            • Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above, in a relevant area of science (including psychology) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, thus applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and can demonstrate appropriate experience, will be considered on an individual basis.
            • The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              19600 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 19600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • National Applies to you

              5500 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

            Living costs for Belfast

            • 561 - 890 GBP/month
              Living Costs

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