Taught course

Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Newcastle University · School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in an area of biological science, veterinary science or psychology. You should also have extensive experience of domestic and/or captive animal husbandry and training. You will also be considered on an individual basis if you have a 2:2 honours degree or non-standard qualifications if you have substantial and relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

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 you 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

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Emma Creighton, Degree Programme Director, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
+44 (0) 191 208 6900