Hartpury College

MRes Anthrozoology

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Course Overview

The MRes in Anthrozoology offers an opportunity to explore the wide and varied area of human and animal interactions. The programme will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the role of animals in human society providing an insight into how humans and animals co-exist from a historic and contemporary perspective. You will explore the role of animals in healing, how animals play a key role throughout different human cultures and religions. We will also explore how humans co-exist and impact on animals through conservation, exploitation and as companions, as well as debating the ethical issues surrounding anthroozoology.

The course offers the opportunity to progress from animal related or social science related degrees; applicants with relevant industry and professional qualifications are also encouraged to apply. 

The programme will provide you with the required knowledge and skills to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging problems centred around animal-human interactions. Offering a stepping stone into careers within conservation, pet behaviour counselling, zoo education, animal training, animal charities and animal assisted therapy or for further Postgraduate study.

The Masters by Research in Anthrozoology includes 60 credits of taught modules, including core modules of the human-animal bond and the research process and optional modules such as wildlife conflict, contemporary issues in animal welfare science and reflection on practice. Modules tend to be taught in two day blocks. This means that the teaching is condensed to allow Masters study to occur round other commitments in our students' lives.

These modules advance your skills in critically evaluating current research, and develop your abilities in research design and statistical analysis allowing you to effectively design and carry out an original dissertation research project that will make a valuable contribution to the field of Anthrozoology. 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.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


2:2 or above Honours degree, equivalent professional or personal experience relevant to the programme also considered

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

  • Masters by Research Home                         £5250.00

  • Masters by Research International             £10500.00

International fees: Please visit our International pages

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

We are welcoming applications for September 2016 entry.

How to apply

Please complete the Postgraduate Study Application Form.

We do interview all potential Masters Degree students. 

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  • Core modules:

      •          Extended Postgraduate Dissertation
      •          The Human-Animal Bond
      •          The Research Process

    Optional modules:

      •          Wildlife Conflict
      •          Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare Science
      •          Reflection on Practice
      •          Postgraduate Independent study

course blog post

Animal and Land
09 Dec 2016

Hearths of Hartpury villagers will keep burning bright thanks to student firewood delivery

Hartpury students put their wood-chopping skills to good use and delivered dozens of bags of firewood to the Hartpury village community in time for Christmas.

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