International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    4335 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #27 (WUR) Online
The overall objective of this postgraduate taught programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on 
the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.

About

The overall objective of this postgraduate taught programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.

This online distance learning programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

The programme offers courses in a variety of areas, including:

  • history, culture and concepts of animal welfare
  • animal behavior
  • animal welfare assessment
  • animal ethics
  • recommendations and policy
  • legislation, regulation and enforcement
  • science communication
  • applied animal welfare - production, companion and captive wild animals

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburghs excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.

Accreditation

Their courses are accredited by:
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
  • The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
  • The last evaluation was in 2015.
In 2014/15, 93% of our students who sat the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) achieved a pass. A total of 56 of the 60 candidates.The degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) is the equivalent of the North American Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and has the same standing worldwide.

Programme Structure

A blend of online learning methods are utilised, such as discussion forums, podcasts and live tutorials. The programme is modular, allowing us to offer a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied.

Students may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1: certificate

You will take two compulsory courses International Animal Welfare Science and Animal Ethics, Policy and Law plus an optional course.

Year 2: diploma

You can choose up to 60 credits of optional courses, which include:

  • Animal Welfare in Research, Testing and Education
  • Production Animal Welfare
  • Companion Animal Welfare
  • Captive, Free Range and Wild Animal Welfare

Year 3: masters

You complete your dissertation of 10,00015,000 words, on a topic of your choice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4335 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4335 GBP per year and a duration of  .

Funding

Edinburgh Global Masters ScholarshipsThe University of Edinburgh offers a number of masters scholarships for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University for the 2015/16 academic session.Students who are national of countries outwith the EU who are accepted for admission on a full-time bases for a postgraduate masters programme of study at the University of Edinburgh can apply.The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit.

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