Postgraduate taught 

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law MSc

Core and optional courses

Core and optional courses

Core Courses: Aims & Objectives

Key Research skills
To ensure that all students enrolled in the programme receive advanced and evidence-based training in the key skills essential for any modern research career and for the courses that they will take later in the programme. This includes principles of Scientific Writing and Effective Communication in English, Introduction to the Programming Environment R, Advanced Statistics, and Experimental Design and Power Analysis.

Animal ethics
To provide students with a critical awareness of the principles of relevant ethical frameworks and how this relates to legal considerations and different forms of human use of animals.

Animal welfare science
To provide students with an evidence-based critical and detailed understanding of welfare assessment methodologies and practical experience of how welfare issues are addressed at sites that keep animals for different forms of human use, including research on wild animals.

Independent research project

Legislation related to animal welfare
To provide students with a rigorous evidence-based understanding of the different pieces of legislation underlying the use of animals in scientific research, in zoos and in farms and wildlife crime. The main focus will be how we will interface with legislation as an animal welfare practitioner.

Optional Courses:

Biology of suffering
To provide students with an advanced understanding of issues on consciousness, sentience and suffering in animals and how this relates to ethical and legal considerations.

Enrichment of animals in captive environments
To provide students with the underlying principles that will guide enrichment and the design of enclosures and encourages students to creatively think about their own solution to welfare issues.

Care of captive animals
To provide students with a critical awareness of issues relating to care of captive animals and relate these to legislation and welfare science.

Assessment of physiological state
To provide students with an evidence-based understanding of methods and techniques used to assess physiological state of wild animals and provide them with the competence to identify the health state of wild animal and to respond appropriately to this.

Human Dimensions of Conservation

Course Aims: The course explores human dimensions of conservation, including topics relating to biodiversity conservation and human development, sustainable use, wildlife trade, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife interventions.  These subjects will be considered from diverse ethical, ecological, socio-economic and political perspectives.

Principles of Conservation Ecology

Course Aims: The course explores human dimensions of conservation, including topics relating to biodiversity conservation and human development, sustainable use, wildlife trade, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife interventions.  These subjects will be considered from diverse ethical, ecological, socio-economic and political perspectives.

Protected Area Management

Course Aims: This course will introduce students to key issues in the management of protected areas in Africa, including resource protection, ecological monitoring, fire management, tourism management and development, infrastructure management and community conservation. The course will draw on examples from savannah, forest, wetland and marine ecosystems in Africa and special emphasis will be placed on introducing students to practical aspects of protected area planning. Further topics will consider setting of conservation priorities, monitoring and evaluation of conservation actions, and conservation financing. 

GIS for Ecologists

Course Aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with training in the collection and analysis of ecological data using a geographic information system (GIS). The objective is to develop key skills in creating a GIS using existing data and collecting suitable field data for an ecological project.