Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

The course is designed to further the knowledge and understanding of domestic and captive animal behaviour and welfare; and to develop the skills of students in the ethical management of domestic and captive animals.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree, or alternative equivalent, in an area of biological or veterinary science or psychology with extensive prior experience of domestic and/or captive animal husbandry and training. Applicants with degrees in other areas and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each sub-section), or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Applied ethology; applied learning theory; animal welfare science; animal law and ethics; animal health and behaviour; dissertation preparation; dissertation. Optional modules: Neuronal and endocrine mediation of behaviour; clinical procedures; abnormal animal behaviour; animal welfare assessment and advice.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,265 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time £ 4,170 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time £ 10,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
PgDip Part-time £ 2,085 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0191 208 6900