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Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare MSc

Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare MSc

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Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Animal Protection / Welfare Animal Psychology / Behaviour Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organisations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices.

We provide students with an understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in animal research, management, care, production, inspection, assessment and preparation of legislation.

In addition to the core teaching team, we have many guest lecturers travel to Edinburgh each year to teach on the programme, allowing you to benefit from the experience and knowledge of professionals working throughout the animal behaviour and welfare community.

Career opportunities

Graduates move on to a variety of jobs such as research technicians, scientific advisors and lecturers. Many will also continue their study and enrol in a PhD.


The areas of motivation, learning and cognition underpin the study of animal behaviour and welfare. You will be presented with the scientific basis of these areas, with particular reference to animal welfare. We will also focus on current and historical interpretations of the concept of animal consciousness as well as experimental approaches. The implications of the study of animal consciousness for models of animal welfare will be studied alongside basic moral principles of animal use.

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

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.