Hartpury College

MRes Animal Behaviour & Welfare

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Course Overview

The MRes in Animal Behaviour and Welfare offers an opportunity to expand your knowledge of animal behaviour and animal welfare science. You will explore advances in animal behaviour within animal cognition, animal personality, animal communication and language, sexual selection and sexual conflict, and social behaviour. You will also look at contemporary issues in animal welfare science such as methods of animal welfare assessment, animal welfare legislation, welfare implications of keeping animals in captivity and issues related to improving and assessing animal welfare.

This postgraduate programme will allow you to advance the knowledge you gained from your animal related degree and provide you with the required knowledge and skills to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging problems in animal behaviour and animal welfare science. The knowledge and skills that you gain from the programme will enhance your career prospects and can be applied in future scientific research and in practical areas such as conservation, animal welfare organisations, research centres and zoos.

The Masters by Research in Animal Behaviour and Welfare includes 60 credits of taught modules, including core modules of advances in animal behaviour, contemporary issues in animal welfare, and research methods and optional modules such as wildlife conflict, postgraduate independent study and reflection on practice. These modules tend to be taught in two day blocks. This means that the teaching is condensed to allow the Masters study to occur round other commitments in our students' lives.

These modules will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of animal behaviour and welfare science, advance your skills in critically evaluating current research, and develop your abilities in research design and statistical analysis. These skills, along with one to one support, will allow you to understand and apply current scientific thinking, develop new ideas and evaluate current processes and practices. This will allow you to effectively design and carry out your dissertation research project. This will be original research that will make a valuable contribution to the field of animal behaviour or animal welfare. The dissertation is highly flexible and provides you with the freedom to develop a research project of your own choosing in order to fit in with your specific interests and career aspirations.

The programme can be completed full time in one year; part time routes are available and should be planned with your Programme Manager.

For further information on the programme, please contact the Programme Manager Dr Tamara Montrose – tamara.montrose@hartpury.ac.uk 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have at least a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant subject. Students with non-relevant qualifications but with two or more years of relevant work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

  • Masters by Research Home: £5250.00

  • Masters by Research International: £10500.00

Are you a member of the UWE or Hartpury Alumni? You are entitled to a 20% discount on full time fees or 10% on part time fees.

MRes students are also eligible to put in an application for funding to the Hartpury Scholarship committee up to a maximum of £1000 to cover research project costs.

For information on funding, please click here

When should I apply

Applications for postgraduate study can be submitted at any point through the year; however as places are limited on some courses, we recommend that you apply early. You can apply for September 2017 entry now.

How to apply

Please complete the on-line application form

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Course breakdown

Core modules

  • Advances in Animal Behaviour
  • Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare Science
  • Extended Postgraduate Dissertation
  • The Research Process

Optional modules

  • Wildlife conflict
  • Reflection on practice
  • Postgraduate Independent study

Career Opportunities

  • Zoo Education Officers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Welfare Officer
  • Policy and Legislation Advisors
  • PhD