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Human Animal Interaction, MSc/MA

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  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #478 (QS) ,
The Human Animal Interaction programme offered by the University of Stirling will introduce you to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. It covers a broad range of topics and looks at human–animal interactions across a wide range of contexts – from pet owning to animal-assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation.

About

You'll learn about the importance of both human and animal behaviour in shaping human animal interaction, and the associated ethical issues, as well as learning to critically evaluate methods for measuring attitudes, interactions and their outcomes.

You'll carry out a practical placement and research project to get direct experience tailored to your individual career goals. You will also learn from our recognised experts in human–animal interaction, whose specialisms include:

  • the study of animal behaviour and animal welfare
  • animal-assisted activities and interventions
  • human and animal coexistence

The Human Animal Interaction programme offered by the University of Stirling can be studied as an MA or MSc. It depends on whether your focus is on quantitative or qualitative methodologies.  Selected components of this Masters course count as continuing professional development for those already working in this area.

Careers

  • The course is designed for those going on to do further research in the field of human-animal interaction. It would also suit those who want to pursue careers where it would be useful to understand the theoretical and practical aspects of this field.
  • The placement and research project enables you to gain direct experience tailored to your individual career aspirations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Humans and Other Animals
  • Analysis Methods in Psychological Research
  • Key Skills for Psychology Researchers
  • Human Animal Interactions in Context
  • Individual, Social and Cultural Differences
  • Approaches to Illness, Disability and Coping
  • Research Placement 
  • Dissertation

        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 27 months
          • Intensity Flexible
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        • Minimum required score:

          6

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        • Minimum required score:

          80

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Upper Second Class

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

        General Requirements

        A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

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        Tuition Fee

        • International

          15950 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA

          6500 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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        Living costs for Stirling

        • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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