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International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law MSc

International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law MSc

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Law (Specific Statutes) Animal Protection / Welfare Veterinary Science

Course type


Course Summary

About the Course

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 programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both SRUC and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

The programme 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

This programme is affiliated with Edinburgh University's Global Health Academy.

Specific course objectives are to provide graduates with:

  • An enhanced knowledge and understanding of animal welfare, ethics and law so as to address welfare concerns form a global perspective
  • An awareness of the importance of the application of science based evidence for advancing animal welfare
  • An understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in veterinary practice, animal research, animal management and care, animal production, welfare inspection, welfare assessment and the preparation of animal-based legislation
  • The skills and confidence to undertake ethical debate relating to animal welfare and animal use.

The MSc International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law is awarded by the University of Edinburgh.


Policy and Law - Core
International Animal Welfare Science and Animal Ethics - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent/very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.