Taught course

Animal Health and Welfare

Nottingham Trent University · School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Science

Entry requirements

MRes - A minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent honours Biological Sciences degree.

MSc - A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours Biological Sciences degree.

Applicants with an equivalent level of relevant industrial or professional work experience with be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This course covers the scientific theory and practice relating to animal health and welfare. It combines advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills.

There is an emphasis on examining the biology of health and welfare science, while adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the wider subject area. You'll discover how to apply your knowledge to real world situations, such as enhancing agricultural production, utilising animals for educational and therapeutic purposes, or effectively maximising welfare within a rescue environment.

You'll study the current issues and insights at the forefront of animal health and welfare, and the philiosphical, welfare and ethical issues related to these. You'll explore general patterns in human and animal cognition, behaviour, and psychological functioning, and appreciate how these relate to the application of health and welfare science. The course also critically examines and assesses the biological and social nasis of human-animal interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding and the overall quality of these interactions.

In this course you will also evaluate the rigour and validity of published research, and assess its relevance to new situations within the discipline. You'll gain an insight into recent advances in animal science - thereform attending a relevant scientific conference is strongly advised as an integral part of this course.

What you'll study

  • Ethology and Welfare (Animal)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Comparative Performance Biology
  • Animal Health, Disease Control and Surveillance
  • Ethics and Consultation (Animal)
  • Animal Health
  • Research Project

Information for international students

English language requirement - IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or the equivalent.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1636 817099