Taught course

International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law

Scotland's Rural College · Department of Animals

Entry requirements

A degree in the following would be advantageous:

  • Veterinary science
  • Biological sciences
  • Zoology
  • Animal/Equine Science
  • Pharmacology/Pharmacy

However, candidates with a relevant background and alternative qualifications may be accepted onto the programme, and are encouraged to contact us for further details.

Months of entry


Course content

The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.

The programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both SRUC and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

The programme offers courses in a variety of areas, including:

  • history, culture and concepts of animal welfare
  • animal behaviour
  • animal welfare assessment
  • animal ethics
  • recommendations and policy
  • legislation, regulation and enforcement
  • science communication
  • applied animal welfare - production, companion and captive wild animals

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

You may undertake the programme by Intermittent Study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within a maximum time limit of six years for the MSc which will include a maximum period of 12 months from the start of their dissertation to it being completed. If you wish to study for the PG Diploma by intermittent study, the maximum time period for this is 4 years and for the PG Certificate only, the maximum time period is 2 years. In summary, times for completion are as follows: •Master of Science: 36-72 months •Postgraduate Diploma: 24-48 months •Postgraduate Certificate: 12-24 months

Course contact details

Dr Fritha Langford
+44 (0)131 650 8825