The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.
The International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law (Online Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh offers courses in a variety of areas, including:
- history, culture and concepts of animal welfare
- animal behaviour
- animal welfare assessment
- animal ethics
- recommendations and policy
- legislation, regulation and enforcement
- science communication
- applied animal welfare - production, companion and captive wild animals
Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.
AccreditationTheir courses are accredited by:
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
- The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
- The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
- The last evaluation was in 2015.
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Year 1: certificate
You will take two compulsory courses - International Animal Welfare Science and Animal Ethics, Policy and Law - plus an optional course.
Year 2: diploma
You can choose up to 60 credits of optional courses, which include:
- Production Animal Welfare
- Cat and Dog Welfare
- Captive and Free-ranging Wild Animal Welfare
- Animals in Research, Testing and Education
- Clinical Animal Behaviour
- Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- Equitation Science
Year 3: masters
You complete a dissertation of between 10,000-15,000 words which can be a research project or an extended systematic review of the literature in a topic of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics or Law.
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- No Attendance
DisciplinesLegal Studies Animal Sciences View 8 other Masters in Animal Sciences in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.
- We may also consider your application if you have a degree in social science, ethics or law, or if you are an experienced veterinary nurse; please contact us to check before you apply.
- If you have relevant work experience and an undergraduate degree in an area other than science, law, ethics or social science we may also consider your application. Please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to the certificate level or Postgraduate Professional Development only in the first instance.
International5470 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 5470 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA5470 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 5470 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
- MSc PT intermittent: 20 credits £1,825; 60 credits £5,470
- PgDip / PgCert / PgProfDev PT intermittent: 20 credits £1,825
The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Getting a Student Visa
This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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