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PGDip Animal Behaviour and Welfare

PGDip Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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Full time | Hartpury University | 1 year | SEP-21

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Behavioural Psychology Animal Psychology / Behaviour Studies Animal Protection / Welfare

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This course is ideal for those who want to expand existing expertise in animal behaviour and welfare science through research, preparing for PhD study or wanting to advance a specific area of their professional practice.

You’ll learn from leading animal experts on a campus that’s home to over 70 different species as part of our animal collection, plus an abundance of wildlife.

Research-active lecturers and professors will support you to advance knowledge gained from your first degree or employment.

You’ll learn how to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging challenges in animal behaviour and welfare science, focusing your research on your interests and career aspirations.

You’ll have access to a diverse range of species from our own animal collection – domestics, exotics, invertebrates and amphibians– as well as a wealth of wildlife across our 360-hectare rural site. We’re also home to equine and canine therapy centres, as well as specialist dog agility activities and expertise.

Our strong industry connections with rescue centres, animal trainers and behaviourists, zoos and conservationists, will further enhance your experiences and extend your professional networks. Delivery is flexible and often at weekends to fit around work or other commitments.

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential while you're here so that you can achieve your personal and professional goals.

Graduate destinations

The research component of this degree makes it ideal for those wishing to undertake more significant academic research via a PhD or for those who wish to advance a specific area of their professional practice.

Students have gone on to undertake their doctorate, as well as securing professional roles or progressing existing roles at zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, domestic animal rescue/rehoming, conservation or welfare centres.

Our careers team can support you to find and prepare for employment. Potential graduate destinations include:

PhD study
Work in the animal charity campaigning sector
Animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming/release
Starting your own business in the animal industry
Teaching in animal-related subjects
General management, training and care of animals in various sectors


Analyse recent advances in the field of animal behaviour, including cognition, personality, social behaviour and communication.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in a relevant subject. Students with non-relevant qualifications but with work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Hartpury University is a specialist provider of agriculture, animal, equine and veterinary education, based in Gloucestershire, in the heart of England’s countryside. Students can choose from taught and applied research Master’s degrees, as well as PhDs, in animal, agriculture, equine, sport and veterinary subjects. World-class facilities and expertise, small class sizes and a personal teaching approach offer students what they need to...more

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