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International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law (Online Learning) MSc

International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law (Online Learning) MSc

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6 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ethics Animal Protection / Welfare Law (Specific Statutes)

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

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 the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) 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 the University's Global Health Academy.

Career opportunities

Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.


On completion of this course, the student will be able to: understand and discuss the three main ethical theories; debate and investigate the relationship between ethics and animal welfare; discuss the animal welfare policy and recommendations made by governments and other groups. They will also be able to describe how economics affects animal welfare policy; understand concepts of legislation and how it is applied to animals; describe the different enforcement methods in worldwide animal use; understand how animal welfare science gets translated into policy, recommendations and legislation; understand the global applications of animal welfare ethics, policy and law.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


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. 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. 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.