Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
The overall objective of this online distance learning 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.
The 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 minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.
The deadline for applications for 2013 entry is 19 August 2013.
Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
The programme offers courses in a variety of areas, including:
applied animal welfare - production, companion and captive wild animals
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.
You will take two compulsory courses – International Animal Welfare Science and Animal Ethics, Policy and Law – plus an optional course.
You can choose up to 60 credits of optional courses, which include:
You complete your dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words, on a topic of your choice.
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 Edinburgh’s 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.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
If you are looking for a shorter course option, we offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.
This article was published on Apr 25, 2013