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The Course

The programme is distinctive in that it 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.

This programme utilises webinars, which take place one evening a week for part-time students and two evenings a week for full-time students; and compulsory block sessions which take place at University Centre Bishop Burton. Students must fund their own accommodation for the block sessions.

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  • What You Study

    Full Time Part Time Semester 1 Semester 2
    Year 1 Year 1 Welfare and Ethics (20) Human and Animal Interactions and Psychology (20)
    Animal Behaviour Theories (20) Research Methods (20)
    Year 2 Animal Welfare Across Contexts (20) Research Project* (60)
    Applied Animal Welfare (20)
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to have: 

    • Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree ideally in biological science subjects or equivalent
    • 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 first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.  

     

  • Contact Time

    Part Time:

    Two modules studied per semester except for the final semester when the focus in on the 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 15th to Saturday 17th September 2022
    • Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2022
    • Thursday 25th May 2022 (day and evening for the independent research project presentation).

    Second year dates will be published during the first year.

    There are 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. 10-24 hours per week).

    Full Time:

    Four modules studied in the first semester; 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 15th to Saturday 17th September 2022
    • Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022
    • Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2022
    • Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2023
    • Thursday 25th 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, and evaluations. 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.

  • Progression

    Those who wish to continue their studies can do so by taking a PhD.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could seek management positions in zoo keeping and education, welfare science, welfare assessment and consultation, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, education and lecturing, and animal rescue and rehabilitation.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • Students will require regular access to a computer with a broadband Internet connection in order to participate in webinars, download learning materials, watch recorded webinars and submit assignments. A headset with microphone will be required for participation in webinars and on-line tutorials
    • Appropriate software is required: Microsoft Office and OpenOffice (freeware) are the only office suites supported
    • Sturdy footwear suitable for practical sessions
    • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings – you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials
    • Roughly £100 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme.
    • A wide range of resources are available for use both on and offsite for dissertation projects but it may not be possible to purchase/service all requests therefore students need to be aware that they may need to self-fund some elements.
    • Block sessions are a complusory element of the programme. Students will need to fund their own travel, accommodation and food. 
  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guide to find out more about studying the MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme.

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