Taught course

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

University of Glasgow · Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and 2:2 applicants with a strong subject specific expertise may also be considered.

In your application, please submit a personal statement (up to 200 words) outlining your interests and why you want to study this programme at the University of Glasgow.

Months of entry


Course content

Animal welfare science and ethics is an expanding topic of international concern. It aims to improve our knowledge and understanding of animals’ needs, which is required to provide a high standard of care to the whole range of animals kept in captivity.


  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • Learn with the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine, a grouping of top researchers who focus on combining ecology and evolution with more applied problems in animal health.
  • Taught by research-active staff using the latest approaches in understanding and responding to animal welfare-related issues, legislation related to use of animals, and both theoretical and applied ethics.

Develop valuable skills in:

  • conservation biology
  • epidemiology
  • practical approaches to assessing biodiversity
  • quantitative methods
  • sequence analysis

Our strong ties between veterinarians and ecologists are a unique strength, offering training opportunities spanning both fundamental and applied research.

Experience the opportunity to base your independent research projects at:

We will also assist you to gain research project placements in zoos or research laboratories, whenever possible.

Gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects that will enhance your selection chances for competitive PhD programmes.

Many links with animal welfare-related organisations. We regularly welcome organisation experts to deliver guest lectures to our Animal Welfare students. We also arrange for our classes to visit organisations to obtain a first-hand view of working there is like.

Many organisations provide our students with opportunities to carry out their independent research project within their company.

We have currently the following partners involved in this programme:

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park
  • Chester Zoo
  • Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
  • National Museum Scotland
  • Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA)
  • The Aspinall Foundation (Howletts & Port Lympne)

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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