MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
Duration: One year full-time or two years part-time blended / distance learning
What You Study
- Animal Behaviour Theories
- Welfare and Ethics
- Research Methods
- Learning Theories and Training Methods,
- Animal Behaviour Consulting
- Human and Animal Interactions and Psychology
- Independent Research Project
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.
All applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
Two modules studied per semester except for the final semester when the focus is on completion of the independent research project.
Approximately six hours class time per week to include online webinars, directed study, extended reading, directed tasks and tutorials. Webinars run one night per week.
In the first year, attendance is required at two compulsory block sessions at University Centre Bishop Burton:
- Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th September 2021
- Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2022.
There will be up to three block sessions in the second year, including the independent research project presentation; dates to be confirmed during the first year.
Students are expected to complete a significant amount of private study in addition to class time (approx. 10-20 hours per week).
You will study four modules studied in the first semester and two in the second semester, alongside completion of the independent research project.
Approximately 12 hours class time per week to include online webinars, directed study, extended reading, directed tasks and tutorials. Webinars run two nights per week.
Attendance is required at five compulsory block sessions at University Centre Bishop Burton:
- Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th September 2021
- Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2021
- Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th January 2022
- Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2022
- Thursday 26th May 2022 (day and evening for the independent research project presentation).
Students are expected to complete a significant amount of private study in addition to class time (approx. 20-40 hours per week).
Learning and Teaching Approach
This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. Using the webinar software, staff are able to monitor engagement to ensure participations. To complement all theory lectures, students have asynchronous seminars that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. Online webinars focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the webinar lecture sessions.
How You're Assessed
Assessment may include written assignments (e.g. 4000 words), webinar presentations, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical reports and demonstrations, evaluations and role-plays. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for formative feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement.
Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the summative feedback.
Those who wish to continue their studies can do so by taking a PhD.
Management positions in animal training, zoo keeping and education, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, education and lecturing, behaviour advisor / consultant, companion animal trainer, training animals for commercial work, animal rescue and rehabilitation, assistance dog trainer.
Equipment Required / Additional Costs
Students may be required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat (this is dependent on the topic and research location of the independent research project) 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.
A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.
A microphone and headset are usually used for the online webinars.
An SPSS licence is also needed, which can be purchased from our online shop.
Students need to consider accommodation and transport costs for the block sessions held at University Centre Bishop Burton.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
How To Apply
Application is through our online application form.
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