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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

MSci Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of your degree. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies. 

Four years full-time (Part-time options available)

The Integrated Masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare will provide you with detailed understanding of animal behaviour and welfare and the opportunity to gain practical and research experience which will open up multiple career prospects in the animal industries.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on the development of relevant research and vocational skills to ensure your future success.  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.  You will also gain the knowledge and skills to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging problems centred on animal behaviour and welfare or animal-human interactions and you will be supported to put the skills you are developing into practice in real world situations.

During your studies, you will widen your skill base, equipping you 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 or 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.  Hartpury also 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.

In the second year of the programme you have the opportunity to do an optional fieldwork module, currently in South Africa, and in the final year of study, you will formulate and execute a significant investigative project of research in the field of animal behaviour and welfare, to consolidate and extend your 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.

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How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language, Mathematics and a Science

A Level | Typical offer is ABB or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a DDM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University Centre?

We work with a range of organisations, including industry bodies and leading companies and charities, in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs and field trips.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Our Animal students are able to learn about and work with a wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species – not only with our on-site animal collection but at the farm and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres. It’s the best possible preparation for a career in the industry.

You’ll be more than just a number as an animal student at Hartpury University Centre. With small teaching groups and your own personal tutor, your lecturers will support you as an individual to achieve your ambitions, whether that’s working in animal science, welfare and conservation or in animal therapy-related roles.

Plus you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with plentiful opportunities to support staff with their projects and develop your own ideas in a broad range of areas, from animal health to welfare, behaviour and ecology.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.