The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

About the programme

Information on our MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, an online learning programme, run using methods supported by the University’s award-winning online learning environments in collaboration with SRUC.


An introduction to the MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law programme.

Programme aims

The programme aims to develop your understanding of how scientific evidence can be applied to give insight and improve animal welfare standards worldwide while also enhancing your knowledge of scientific study and research.

Learning outcomes

The programme will enable the acquisition of a range of transferable skills, such as report writing, giving presentations, and time and project management.


The programme is delivered part-time by Online Learning, over a period of between three and six years.


Each year of the taught element will consist of three 11-week terms structured into 2 blocks of 5 weeks of study with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

Dissertation element

On the successful completion of 120 credits (40 credits coming from the core courses), you may depart with a PG Diploma in International Animal Welfare.

Dissertation projects

An overview of the wide variety of student dissertation projects.

Entry requirements

The programme is intended for high calibre students with a biological background.

Teaching staff and partners

The core teaching staff for the programme are listed below.