Why study Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare?

Our programme has an international reputation and respected teaching staff, offering a degree that will further your career in the animal behaviour and welfare community.

International reputation

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We established the first animal welfare MSc in the UK in 1990. The programme was initiated by Professor David Wood-Gush, one of the first scientists to investigate the effects of factory farming on animals.

Set up in collaboration with SRUC, the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) and Edinburgh Zoo, the programme is taught by academics and experts from all these institutions.

Today, our MSc has a strong international reputation and the support of well-known animal welfare organisations in the UK and Europe, including:



A video interview of Faye Tahamtani's experiences of the programme.


Taught by staff from SRUC and the University of Edinburgh, our programme will provide you with a thorough overview of the current key issues in animal behaviour and welfare.

You will benefit from lots of face-to-face teaching but we also ensure that learning is not limited to the classroom. You will gain an understanding of animal welfare issues in a broad range of contexts through practical visits to zoos, labs, abattoirs, markets and farms.

Career prospects

Our MSc provides a strong basis for a career in the field of animal behaviour and welfare. Every year we welcome around 30 students from locations across the globe, meaning you will be exposed to a very broad range of perspectives.

Such a diverse environment provides great opportunity for networking within the professional community. We also welcome numerous guest lecturers each year with respected reputations within the international field.

Great resources and facilities

The Easter Bush campus is a world-class, purpose-built facility located just 8km from Edinburgh city centre with good transport links.