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MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare


This postgraduate degree course will further your career in the animal behaviour and welfare community, combining classroom and vocational learning. Final Award: MSc, Intermediate Awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma.


The MSc programme in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare is aimed at those that are due to graduate or have graduated in a related subject area. Alternatively, you may be employed within the animal industry with significant experience and would like to develop higher level skills relating to clinical behaviour in animals.

Animal welfare is increasingly becoming a focus in all animal related industries, with increasing demand for clinical behaviourists and trainers across the UK and internationally.

Key organisations such as the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust are requiring more behaviour and welfare specialists as the industry moves towards becoming more regulated

Modules of study include:

• Postgraduate Project

• Applied Learning Theory
• Research and Analysis
• Applied Ethology
• Animal Welfare Science
• Animal Ethics
• Animal Health, Physiology and Behaviour
• Principles and Practices in Behaviour Consultations
• Behaviour Modification and Therapy

Additional key reasons to study:

• On-site accommodation available during your study weeks.

• Assessments are designed in relation to tasks you would be expected to perform in employment.
• Following the completion of this course you may consider careers such as self employment as a Clinical Behaviourist or Trainer, Dog School Coach, Welfare Specialist and Research Officer.
• Opportunity to progress to PhD studies.

Modules will be delivered in week blocks (4-5 days) at our main York Campus. Each module (with the exception of the postgraduate project) will be studied over one week block.

There will be four weeks per year which students will be expected to attend.

2020-21 block dates** are as follows:

Week 1 – 26/10/20
Week 2 – 11/01/21
Week 3 – 31/05/21
Week 4 – 05/07/21

2021-22 block dates - to be confirmed:

Week 1 – 
Week 2 – 
Week 3 – 
Week 4 – 

** Dates may be subject to change.  Website will be updated regularly with key information.

Askham Bryan can offer you a flexible way to gain an MSc:

A part time MSc programme delivered over 2 years
Flexible study that only requires 4 weeks attendance per year at the College, so it can fit around your work commitments
Help with finance as funding available for access to postgraduate programmes*

* Postgraduate student loans, details available at:

Entry Requirements

Applicants would typically have a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) at a 2.1 classification or above in a related subject. Applicants with a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) 2.2 classification as above, postgraduate diploma in a related subject and/or with relevant industry experience may also be considered. References will be requested.

Further Study

Following the completion of this course you may be able to progress to PhD studies.

Fees:  £4,000 per year

Postgraduate programmes will be eligible for a postgraduate student loan, details available at:

Further details on how to apply:
01904 772211

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277