The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.
We may also consider your application if you have a degree in social science, ethics or law, or if you are an experienced veterinary nurse; please contact us to check before you apply.
If you have relevant work experience we may also consider your application; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to the certificate level or Postgraduate Professional Development only in the first instance.
All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.
Months of entry
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 the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) 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
Learn more about why you should study with us:
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy:
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Programme Administrator
- +44 (0)131 651 7363