The programme is distinctive in that is allows students to look at developing the academic theories of animal behaviour and welfare with the practical applications of this knowledge in a wider context. Throughout the programme there will be a strong emphasis on the ethics and welfare of using animals and students will be able to consider the physiological areas relating to animal welfare.
Subject to validation.
- Animal behaviour theories
- Research methods
- Welfare and ethics
- Human-animal interactions and psychology
- Welfare across contexts
- Applied welfare assessment.
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.
Graduates can follow careers that scan the globe in research and with organisations advising and working in the field of animal welfare. For instance, welfare assessment within local authorities and companies specialising in welfare assessment and consultancy, working within welfare charities, further research and study related to welfare assessment and improving welfare standards, doctoral research and consultancy work within the animal production industries.
Students are assessed through research projects, seminars and presentations, practical assessments and written assignments.
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat, which are available from our online shop. Overalls and steel toe capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.
Students also need a reliable internet / broadband connection. A microphone and headset are usually used for the online webinars.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips.
Students need to consider accommodation and transport costs for the block sessions held at Bishop Burton College.
Visit our degree finance page for full details of fees and the financial support available, including a new system of postgraduate loans being introduced to the UK from the 2016-17 academic year.
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 Misconduct Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- 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)
- 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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Please note that due to changes for all Higher Education providers, the College has made an application to be registered with the Office for Students and expects an answer by September 2018. Find out more.
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.