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

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Why animal welfare?

International concern for animal welfare continues to grow with increasing demand for measures to protect animals and improve animal quality of life. In a number of surveys, eight out of ten respondents believe that animal welfare is a key priority for a civilised society. Animals are a hugely important part of our world, relied upon for food, used as research models, companions, working animals, for sport and in recreation. To put this into context, more than 60 billion land animals are raised for meat each year around the world, and with increasing meat consumption in places such as China, these figures are set to rise. Understanding and enhancing animal welfare is necessary for protecting not only animal health - but also human health and environmental protection.

Why the University of Edinburgh?

The University of Edinburgh has a long-standing reputation for the delivery of gold standard research led teaching and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has extensive staff expertise in animal health and welfare, which has been strengthened further by the development of the JMICAWE and their continued collaboration with the SRUC Animal and Veterinary Sciences Group, now housed within the Easter Bush Research Consortium.

Global Health Academy

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Global Health Academy

Why study online?

The R(D)SVS and SRUC currently provide a campus-based MSc/Dip taught degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, which is a highly rated full-time programme. We have built on this excellent foundation to produce a fully flexible postgraduate programme designed to address the demand for online animal welfare education suitable for working professionals and others with an interest in studying a range of animal welfare disciplines.

Typical student profiles

Students on the programme come from a variety of backgrounds including: Veterinary science, zoology, biological science, pharmacology and animal/equine science. Students also come from various parts of the world, for example: UK and Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, South Africa etc. Consequently, an additional strength of the programme is that you will learn from your peers as well as from the lecturers.

Virtual open days

Virtual drop-in sessions are available for prospective postgraduate online students. Please feel free to register for our next session.