University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Animal Welfare

Drawing expertise from across a wide range of animal categories the course will extend your understanding and analysis of the scientific background underpinning the study of animals. The course lecturers have all published widely and their research interests include farm animal behaviour, physiology and welfare, the welfare of exotic animals, ruminant nutrition and behavioural neurobiology. The programme is divided into 3 stages, to complete the Master's level qualification, you must complete 6 modules as well as an independent research thesis. Interim qualifications are available for those who do not wish to complete a Master's programme. Those who complete 60 credits are able to gain a PgCert award and those who gain 120 credits gain a PgDip qualification.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. Applicants will normally hold a recognised 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree in an animal related or natural science subject from a UK university or international equivalent. Although applicants who have studied other related areas such as psychology will be considered. Relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration. Those who do not have English as their 1st language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Animal cognition; assessing animal welfare; attitudes to animals; principles of animal welfare; research and analytical methods; the animal brain and behaviour.

Assessment methods

A wide range of assessment is used including essays, practical projects, reports, oral presentations, time constrained tests and an independent research project.You will work on your independent research thesis during stage 3 of the programme, however you are able to prepare throughout the course. You are able to choose the focus of your thesis and work closely with your course tutors to ensure that you develop your research skills and technical knowledge. Previous projects have covered a wide range of topics such as dairy cow UV light level exposure, contraception in grey squirrels, online exotic pet sales and cognitive bias in chickens.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,350 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 5,350 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Moulton College Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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