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Masters degrees in Animal Welfare study the happiness and health of animals, as well as how creatures should be kept, housed and maintained. Related postgraduate specialisms include Animal Behaviour, Animal Health and Animal Ethics.
Programmes usually award an MSc, but some institutions also offer an MRes, which means you’ll be able to undertake a sizeable research project as part of your studies. Entry requirements normally involve an undergraduate degree in a relevant biological science.
Courses in Animal Welfare typically take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, combining methodologies from ethics, law, conservation and veterinary sciences.
Both theoretical and practical in nature, postgraduate Animal Welfare programmes offer you the chance to explore topics like animal consciousness, ecology and caring for animals in captivity. You may also be trained in quantitative statistical methods to undertake your own research in the field.
Careers in Animal Welfare are as broad as the subject itself. After graduating, you could find yourself working for an animal welfare organisation (local, national or international) or carrying on your research to PhD level. Other possibilities include charities, zoos, veterinary practice or independent consultancy.
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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. Read more
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. Read more
The Animal Science department in the Postgraduate School offers taught courses in Animal Biology and Welfare and Animal Production and Nutrition as well as programmes undertaken by research leading to an MSc, MPhil or PhD award. Read more
Animal Health and Welfare relates the study of animal health to improving and enhancing welfare. There is an increased global awareness of the link between animal and human health and this suggests that graduates with skills in this area are well placed for a range of career destinations within the animal sector. Read more
Animal welfare science and ethics is an expanding topic of international concern, which is why the University of Glasgow offer an Animal Welfare MSc programme. Read more
Explore the emerging discipline of animal welfare science with leaders in this field and learn how evidence informs practice. The assessment and enhancement of animal welfare are key to a variety of industries including farming, scientific research, zoos, the pet trade and service animal training. Read more
This suite of postgraduate courses provides a thorough understanding of equine health, performance and welfare within the context of the human use of horses. Read more
Our Animal Behaviour MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research. Read more
The University of Edinburgh is internationally renowned for the quality of our teaching and the excellence of our research into human, animal and ecosystem health. By studying one of our online masters, you’ll benefit from our expertise - from wherever you are in the world. Our transformative online degrees have been designed to develop your intellectual skills, specialise and help you advance your career.