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Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

This course has 100% student satisfaction (Postgraduate Student Experience Survey 2019).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour and Welfare offers an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of animal behaviour and animal welfare.

As a student on this programme, you’ll explore advances in animal behaviour within animal cognition, animal personality, animal communication and language, and social behaviour. You will also examine 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 programme will allow you to expand your knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and animal welfare science, which can help provide you with knowledge and skills to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging problems in animal behaviour and animal welfare science.

The course includes core modules such as Advances in Animal Behaviour and Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare Science, as well as optional modules such as Wildlife Conflict, Equine Behaviour and Welfare, Postgraduate Independent Study, Postgraduate Independent Project, The Research Process and Reflection on Practice.  These modules tend to be taught in two day blocks. This means that the teaching is condensed to allow the postgraduate study to occur round other commitments in our students' lives. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour and Welfare you must complete 120 credits.

Many of these modules feature on the MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare, so should you wish to you can continue studying to gain this further qualification.

The programme can be completed in one or more years and can be planned on an individual basis with your Programme Manager. For further information on the programme, please contact the postgraduate team: postgraduate@hartpury.ac.uk

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Part Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in a relevant subject. Students with non-relevant qualifications but with work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University?

As a Hartpury animal student, you'll benefit from and get involved with the latest scientific research. You'll work with research-active lecturers to help solve real-world issues. Our students co-author papers and present at national and international conferences.

You'll benefit from access to over 70 domestic and non-domestic species on campus. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

How to apply

Apply online

If you want to apply for postgraduate study at Hartpury, you will need to complete the online postgraduate application form.

The selection process is very similar to undergraduate study; however, we do interview all potential Masters Degree students.

Thinking of doing your PhD at Hartpury University?

If you are interested in undertaking a supervised PhD at Hartpury, please contact the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) on +44 (0)1452 702244 to discuss your application further.

Before your start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page.

Similar Courses

Did you know you could combine undergraduate and postgraduate level study?

Hartpury offers a range of Integrated Masters programmes in Sport, Equine and Animal. The first two years parallel the associated undergraduate degree. On successful completion of your second year and with the achievement of a minimum mark average, you will then progress on to a third year where you will study a careful arrangement of third year and postgraduate modules before embarking on a final year of Masters level study. In the final year, you will carry out a research project to explore your own area of specific interest and extend your specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

To find all of our MSci degree courses, just search under honours degrees in the course search.