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Animal Welfare, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Drawing expertise from across a wide range of animal categories the course will extend your understanding and analysis of the scientific background underpinning the study of animals.

The course lecturers have all published widely and their research interests include farm animal behaviour, physiology and welfare, the welfare of exotic animals, ruminant nutrition and behavioural neurobiology.

The programme is divided into three stages. To complete the Master’s level qualification, you must complete six modules as well as an independent research thesis. Interim qualifications are available for those who do not wish to complete a Master’s programme. Those who complete 60 credits are able to gain a PGCert award and those who gain 120 credits gain a PGDip qualification.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Animal Cognition and Behaviour
  • Attitudes to Animals
  • Research and Analytical Methods
  • Principles of Animal Welfare
  • Physiology of Animal Welfare
  • Animal Welfare in Industry and Law

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity

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

            • Full-time duration 12 months
          • Credits
            180 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

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          Academic Requirements

          General Requirements

          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.

          Tuition Fee

          This course is administered by the partner institution Moulton College.

          For further course and fee information please visit the Moulton College website.

          Living costs for Northampton

          • 796 - 1510 GBP/month
            Living Costs

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