Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

This course is for people seeking professional careers working with domestic (pet) and captive animals (farm and zoo). There is a clinical animal behaviour route and an animal welfare route for study. This specialist course is designed to prepare students for a professional career in the management of animal behaviour in domestic or captive settings, including clinical animal behaviour counselling and captive animal welfare assessment. You will need extensive experience of domestic and/or captive animal husbandry and/or a first degree in a related subject. The course includes compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as cause and function of domestic and captive animal behaviour; relationships between animals and people in relation to animal behaviour and welfare; legal and ethical frameworks for people working with domestic/captive animals; interpretation and evaluation of research related to animal behaviour and/or welfare; training animals to respond appropriately to command cues. Through the assignments you will apply core subject knowledge to your own area of interest. This will give you a broad education that can lead to a career in applied animal behaviour and/or welfare, such as becoming a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist, or it can underpin a higher degree by research. OUR STAFF: We have an international reputation for our research into improving animal health and welfare. This ranges from understanding animal behavioural problems to developing practical on-farm monitoring and assessment methods and studies of health and disease at the molecular level. Dr Emma Creighton is the Degree Programme Director for Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare MSc. 'My research interests lie in human-animal interactions and the welfare of companion animal species, with particular emphasis on horse welfare. All my research is applied and conducted on working or pet animals and their owners, which ensures that the findings are applicable to owners and the industry.' Dr Matthew Leech is a lecturer on the course. My research encompasses various aspects of laboratory and companion animal welfare. I lecture on various aspects of animal welfare, companion animal science and project design and statistics. I am also responsible for research project design and statistics and the supervision of postgraduate students.' DELIVERY: This course is taught in six week-long residential schools, delivered from Monday to Friday, throughout the academic year. During the schools you will be supported by lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Outside of the schools you will be expected to undertake independent study supported by tutorial contact using distance learning. Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by web-based tests, essays and coursework such as case studies and portfolios. Your practical skills are assessed by practical and fieldwork reports and videos. Our course is flexible so you can choose to study full time, part time or even on a modular basis as continuing professional development (CPD). Part-time students study alongside full-time students on this modular course. If you have already achieved some of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) requirements you can select modules to complete the required education to become a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCABs). You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme which is a framework that enables us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU North East

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Key information

Director of International Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 208 7433