This programme has been designed to allow graduates in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science the opportunity to enhance their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the scientific study of animal behaviour in ways that can be applied effectively in science and practice. By learning directly within our extensive animal management centre and on an existing farm, students have the opportunity to increase their understanding and awareness of the application of scientific principles to the study of animal behaviour.
This programme utilises webinars, which take place one evening a week, and compulsory block sessions. Students must fund their own accommodation for the block sessions.
The programme has excellent success rates, with the latest DLHE survey showing 100% positive progression.
- Animal behaviour theories
- Research methods
- Welfare and ethics
- Learning theories
- Training methods
- Human and animal interactions
- Psychology and animal behaviour counselling.
One year full-time or two years part-time.
This course allows for distance learning, with compulsory block sessions based at Bishop Burton College.
Those who wish to continue their studies can do so by taking a PhD.
Students are assessed through research projects, seminars and presentations, practical tests and written assignments.
Graduates can follow careers that scan the globe in research and with organisations advising and working in the field of animal behaviour. This can include with welfare organisations and charities, zoos, parks and sanctuaries.
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat*, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.
Training equipment will also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick).
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips.
Students also need a reliable internet / broadband connection. A microphone and headset are usually used for the online webinars.
Students need to consider accommodation and transport costs for the block sessions held at Bishop Burton College.
*A lab coat may not be needed, depending on the project selected for dissertation.
Visit our degree finance page for full details of fees and the financial support available, including a new system of postgraduate loans introduced to the UK.
Upon registering to become a student of Bishop Burton College on a programme validated by the University of Hull, each student agrees to comply with the following:
- University of Hull Complaint Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- University of Hull Academic Appeal & Queries Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- Guide for Collaborative Provision Students
- University of Hull Library and ICT Regulations and Guidelines
- Any other University of Hull policy, procedure, regulation or requirement as may be communicated from time to time. Find out more about the University of Hull's Quality and Standards.
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Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (Level 6), ideally in Biological Science subjects or equivalent. Work experience will be taken into account if an unrelated qualification is held.
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
After graduating as Student of the Year, Sandra used the skills she learnt studying from the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training course to pursure a career within bovine welfare monitoring.
Q: Tell us about your current role?
A: The MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training from Bishop Burton College gave me the confidence to accept work in bovine welfare monitoring at a DIY artificial insemination course for farmers.
Q: How have the skills you learnt at Bihop Burton College helped within your role?
A: As a result of the experience I gained from the course, I was able to search the literature, critically analyse relevant research, adapt it and fuse it with my veterinary knowledge to design a welfare monitoring programme. In addition, the course also equipped me with the ability to teach farmers about bovine welfare through the medium of PowerPoint.