Animal Behaviour and Welfare (MSc)

Queen’s University Belfast    School of Biological Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

Designed for students aiming to work in research, education, and industry in the life sciences sector. Specifically this MSc will provide you with an advanced understanding of current and emerging issues in the both Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and provide you with an extensive range of lectures in a variety of topics.

Course Structure

Animal Behaviour is the scientific study of what animals do, from single-celled organisms, invertebrates to vertebrates. It is one of the most exciting and interesting scientific disciplines, expanding rapidly over recent decades. Animal behaviour is key to understanding evolutionary processes, and there is a growing need to understand behaviour due to the impact of an increasing human population.

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above, in a relevant area of science (including psychology), or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, thus applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and can demonstrate appropriate experience, will be considered on an individual basis.

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Student Profile(s)

Alison - MSc Student

I had a look around at a lot of other Universities offering similar courses and no one had a course like this to offer.

In my research project, I’m going to have a look at the potential effects of light pollution on hermit crab behavior - which is really interesting.


From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

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You must commence the course in the academic year 2017/18 or later (i.e. on or after 1st August 2017). There is no age limit, upper or lower, for the loan.

The loan may be available to:
UK & EU Nationals.

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Application Procedure

Applications for the academic year 2018/19 are due to open in Spring 2018.
For full terms and conditions please contact Student Finance NI:

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