The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the diverse industries of animal behaviour and animal welfare. The programme makes full use of state of the art purpose built animal facilities that have animal welfare and species specific behavioural needs embedded into their design. This enables students to develop the required practical and theoretical skills required for a successful future career. The programme is aimed at students who have an active interest in the welfare of animals in captive situations and who wish to develop these interests into a professional career. Individuals who have an interest in the study of animal behaviour in a range of settings as well as human psychology are encouraged to apply. Assessments include coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, mixed media formats, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed and open book examination.
Modular Structure Year 1 Concepts in Animal Welfare (15)

  • Principles of Animal Behaviour (30)
  • Evolution and Taxonomy (15)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (15)
  • Research Skills (15)
  • Concepts in Conservation (15)
  • Industry Practice 1 (15)

Year 2

  • Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
  • Data Analysis (15)
  • Problem Behaviour Management (15)
  • Applied Animal Welfare (15)
  • Animal Cognition and Learning (15)
  • Applied Animal Training (15)
  • Industry Practices 2 (15) A choice of either:
  • Exotic Collection Management (15) OR
  • Business Planning and Project Management (15)

Year 3

  • Current Issues (15)
  • Advanced Animal Cognition and Behavioural Therapies (15)
  • Anthrozoology and Personal Psychology (15)
  • Behavioural Ecology (15)
  • Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience (15)
  • Honours Project for the Animal Sciences (30) A choice of either:
  • Animal Production Systems (15) OR
  • Advanced Animal Welfare and Organisations (15)

Course options




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  • What qualification will I gain?
  • Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS points or a Merit grade from a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma. UCAS points are often made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science based subject. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science and have spent two years studying at Level 3. Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements, who are working in the animal industry, are warmly welcomed.

  • What progression options will I have?

    Successful students may progress onto a related MSc or PhD programme, or into a wide range of management and research posts within the industry. Typical employers include animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.