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Animal Health and Welfare, M.Res.

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  • 12 months


It will equip you with theoretical knowledge in practical situations where an in-depth understanding of animal health and welfare might be of benefit, for example in animal production, utilisation of animals for educational/therapeutic purposes, conservation efforts, and the role/value of animals in society more generally. The course will cover the scientific theory and practice relating to animal health and welfare. It will also critically evaluate and assess the biological and social basis of the interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding and overall quality of specific human-animal interactions.

Why choose this course?

  • Staff have expertise and experience in the field of animal health and welfare science across a range of species.
  • Your studies will be based at our Brackenhurst Campus, which offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
  • You will have access to our modern Animal Unit on campus which houses over 150 animals.
  • You will benefit from a new £2.5 million campus eco-library offering IT resources 24-7.
  • You will enjoy excellent links to partner organisations, conservation projects and academic institutions across the world.
This Animal Health and Welfare course from Nottingham Trent University attracts graduate and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including:
  • biological sciences
  • veterinary science / nursing
  • agriculture
  • environmental sciences, ecology and conservation
  • biological and humane education
  • animal welfare professionals.

Careers and employability

Your course leader and lecturers are actively involved in liaising with external agencies and industry to ensure the course is relevant and meets the needs of employers. Successful completion of the course will create employment opportunities within the animal sector, as well as within research areas such as animal, human health and sport industries. Some examples are:

  • animal welfare organisations (RSPCA, Blue Cross, International League for the Protection of Horses, Dogs Trust, World Horse Welfare)
  • international animal federations (e.g. Federation Equestrienne International, Federation Cynologique Internationale and Olympic Committee)
  • sporting / performance industries and organisations (e.g. Wetherby's, The Kennel Club)
  • animal consultancy - health, behaviour, training and welfare
  • charitable societies, governing bodies and relevant NGOs
  • nutritionists and nutrition advisors
  • sports psychology
  • competition training
  • rehabilitation
  • animal related law
  • animal / equine journalism
  • medical sales
  • insurance
  • coaching
  • lecturing
  • research industry, research assistant.

There is also the possibility of further postgraduate research.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Ethology and Welfare (Animal)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Comparative Performance Biology
  • Animal Health, Disease Control and Surveillance
  • Ethics and Consultation (Animal)
  • Animal Health
  • Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements


  • A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biological based science, such as Animal Biology or Zoology. Applicants with an equivalent level of relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.


  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biological based science, such as Animal Biology or Zoology. Applicants with relevant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.
We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 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.
  • Part-time £3,500 (Year One) 

Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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