Taught course

Animal Welfare and Conservation

Institution
Writtle University College · Animals
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a good BSc Honours degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised university in a related science subject such as animal science, agriculture, biological sciences, zoology, veterinary or bioveterinary science or other appropriate life-science degree.

Applicants with a BSc (Hons) 3rd class pass, with extensive industrial experience may also be considered for the Masters programme. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Writtle University College provides a stimulating environment for you to pursue your studies in animal welfare and conservation, supported by research from the Centre for Equine and Animal Science (CEQAS). Our highly qualified teaching staff support students in exploring industry relevant links between conservation and welfare, as well as focusing on the nutritional and genetic issues in animal welfare. Our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation has strong industry links with Colchester Zoo, Essex Wildlife Trust, Natures Menu, Zoological Society of London (including London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo) and Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.

As part of this course we offer MSc students two places on the annual trip to UmPhafa Wildlife reserve each June in collaboration with Colchester Zoo. Alongside this, all students have the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge of a diverse range of animal species through access to a wide range of livestock, exotics and companion animals on site. On attaining your MSc at WUC you will be a highly skilled and employable postgraduate who is ready to excel in your future career in the areas of animal welfare, conservation, nutrition, zoo keeping and research.

The research project is an essential part of the MSc programme and provides the opportunity to carry out an independent piece research, critically analyse data and write a dissertation. The project will normally include hands-on practical experimentation to teach students how to gather and process data and problem solve. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and takes place over an extended period during the spring and summer. The project can be based either at Writtle University College or other suitable external institution.

Examples of potential areas for dissertation projects:

  • Investigation of keeper-animal relationships in zoos
  • Animal behaviour and welfare research in collaboration with Colchester Zoo
  • Assessment of prevalence and risk factors for obesity in companion animals
  • Lameness detection and measurement in dairy cows
  • Estimation endangered wild animal population densities
  • Use of molecular biology techniques in conservation genetics of captive wild animals
  • Incidence of small mammals in agricultural landscapes
  • Diet selection and nutrient intakes in captive animals
  • Behavioural indicators of welfare and performance using different castration methods in lambs

Information for international students

As one of the longest established specialist institutions in the UK, we offer our international students an opportunity to study a range of academically-challenging and internationally-recognised programmes.

Established in 1893, Writtle University College has valued and nurtured its international links and is held in high regard by related industries worldwide for providing highly skilled and knowledgeable students for their chosen sectors as well as being at the forefront of world quality research and consultancy.

For more information please see the International students page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,900
International students
£12,800

For information on funding, please see the

Scholarships and Bursaries page

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Phone
01245 424280