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MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation

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Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Wildlife Conservation / Protection Animal Protection / Welfare

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Writtle University College provides a stimulating environment for you to pursue your studies in animal welfare and conservation, supported by research from the Centre for Equine and Animal Science (CEQAS). Our highly qualified teaching staff support students in exploring industry relevant links between conservation and welfare, as well as focusing on the nutritional and genetic issues in animal welfare. Our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation has strong industry links with Colchester Zoo, Essex Wildlife Trust, Natures Menu, Zoological Society of London (including London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo) and Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.

As part of this course we offer MSc students two places on the annual trip to UmPhafa Wildlife reserve each June in collaboration with Colchester Zoo. Alongside this, all students have the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge of a diverse range of animal species through access to a wide range of livestock, exotics and companion animals on site. On attaining your MSc at WUC you will be a highly skilled and employable postgraduate who is ready to excel in your future career in the areas of animal welfare, conservation, nutrition, zoo keeping and research.

Learning & Teaching Methods

The teaching methods are a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits and student managed learning. The self-guided study takes place under the supervision of experienced staff from the Centre of Equine and Animal Science at Writtle University College.

Students are assessed using a number of methods, for example written examination, reports, essays, seminars, debates, oral presentations, case studies and project dissertation.

Modules

This module investigates the scientific, cultural and ethical drivers underpinning the protection of wild animal populations and their landscapes. Relevant international legislation and organisational efforts and practices are reviewed through high profile case studies. Using specific examples, students are encouraged to develop a practical understanding of the various methods used in the sector for habitat conservation, including reserve / protected area design, and use of habitat suitability index studies to inform management practice. The use of specific case studies taken from high profile species or conservation projects to demonstrate the use of modern scientific methods to promote effective species conservation will be included. Principles of systematic conservation planning together with population viability analysis, and concepts of minimum viable populations and minimum viable areas are also examined with reference to specific examples.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,900

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£12,800

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a good BSc Honours degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised university in a related science subject such as animal science, agriculture, biological sciences, zoology, veterinary or bioveterinary science or other appropriate life-science degree. Applicants with a BSc (Hons) 3rd class pass, with extensive industrial experience may also be considered for the Masters programme. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome.