Hartpury College

Animal Behaviour and Welfare - New for September 2016



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Course Overview

This programme, which is new for September 2016 (subject to validation)  will provide students with detailed understanding of animal behaviour and welfare and the opportunity to develop practical and research experience supported by a general foundation in animal behaviour and welfare theory; opening up multiple career prospects in the animal and veterinary industries.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on the development of relevant research and vocational skills to ensure your future success, which will enhance employability.  The course will help you understand how animals function, factors that can influence their behaviour and ultimately their management and welfare, and to explore how humans and animals interact.  

The programme will provide you with the required knowledge and skills to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging problems centred on animal behaviour or animal-human interactions and you’ll be supported to put the skills you are developing into practice in real world situations.

During their studies, students will widen their skill base, equipping them to work effectively across a range of animal related professions, develop key contacts and gain valuable experience working with a wide variety of animals in a range of situations. Gaining this qualification will enhance employability, offering a stepping stone into careers within conservation, pet behaviour counselling, zoo education, animal training, animal charities and animal assisted therapy or for further research.

You will benefit from access to our extensive animal resources and wide range of industry links, including the on-site small animal collection, farm, equine unit and therapy centre.  The structure of the course allows students to select option modules which can be tailored to support career aspirations or your own personal interests. Student life at Hartpury offers multiple additional opportunities for you to gain experience; you are encouraged to engage with complementary study courses available on site that you can undertake alongside your studies at a reduced cost to build your skill portfolio.

Learning within this Integrated Masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme is through a variety of methods, including traditional lectures, laboratory practicals and seminars, which are used to discuss theories and new ideas, while guest lectures give you expert information from industry professionals and researchers. You will develop transferable skills in communication, teamwork, independent working and time management; all vital skills required by employers.

Students have the opportunity to do an optional fieldwork module, currently in South Africa, and in the final year of study, students will formulate and execute a significant investigative project of research in the field of animal behaviour and welfare, to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

The Integrated Masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare can be completed full-time in four years. Part-time routes are also available and should be planned with the programme manager.

Entry Requirements


A minimum of five subjects at grade C or above including Maths, English Language and Science.

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a Biological Science or equivalent

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

27 points




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In Brief

Tuition fees


£9000 per annum UK/EU Students

£11250 per annum International Students

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2016 entry now. 

Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

Please apply directly through the University Admissions Service (UCAS)

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  • Modules could include:

    • Animal Behaviour
    • Animal Genetics
    • Animal Health and Disease
    • Introduction to Animal Welfare
    • Systems Biology
    • Wildlife Ecology
  • Modules could include:

    • Animal Welfare Assessment
    • Ethics and Welfare
    • Undergraduate Research Process
    • Companion animal behaviour and training
    • Behavioural measurement
    • Management of domestic animals
    • Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
    • Field Course 
  • Modules could include:

    • The Research Process
    • Animal Trade and Welfare
    • Developments in Animal Science
    • Wildlife and zoo management
    • Anthrozoology
    • Animal psychology
    • Pet behaviour counselling
  • Modules could include:

    • Advances in Animal Behaviour
    • Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare Science
    • Postgraduate Research Project
    • Postgraduate independent study
    • Reflection on practice
    • The human-animal bond
    • Wildlife conflict

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Career Opportunities

The integrated masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare will equip students with the knowledge and skills which are required by organisations such as animal charities, welfare organisations, education and research establishments and government bodies. We produce graduates who are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to progress on to a PhD in a related topic or employment in the animal behaviour and welfare sector in careers such as Animal Health and Welfare officers, Laboratory and Field Research Assistants, University and College Lecturers, teachers and Zoo Education Officers.