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Our MSc is a respected qualification that will enhance your career prospects, providing a route to an international network of animal welfare and behaviour professionals.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a number of different sectors.
This course covers an amazing breadth of animal welfare related topics and includes visits, lectures from prominent animal welfare scientists and a chance to stretch your debating muscles in a room full of people with similar interests. There is a huge amount of support available from the staff and cooperation amongst your fellow students is actively encouraged. I am now able to approach welfare issues with the confidence that comes with a better knowledge and critical understanding of the topic, as well as having a fun year with people that understood my enthusiasm for animals!
The MSc secured me the position I have today. After graduating I joined a canine research team within the Ministry of Defence, as a behavioural scientist. The team’s primary aim is to optimise working dog welfare and performance, to meet current and future detection requirements. The MSc course taught me there is far more to the animal welfare concept than I first thought; psychology, behaviour, biology, ethics, law and human attitudes all play key roles. Over the year I was able to study these themes through complex debates, speaking with leading animal behaviourists and field visits to a range of establishments. My dissertation project involved researching wild Eurasian beavers, Castor fiber, in Norway – a unique experience where I designed and carried out my own research project in challenging field conditions. It really is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to pursue a career working with animals – I would love to do it all again.
The MSc provides an excellent all round and up-to-date education in animal behaviour and animal welfare science. The taught part of the course not only provided me with the opportunity to think critically about animal welfare issues in the classroom, but also to visit various establishments at the center of these issues. The latter part of the course allowed me to pursue my research interests in captive primate welfare at the Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo. Here my dissertation project investigated eye preferences in response to emotional stimuli as a potential welfare measure in capuchin monkeys. This led to a PhD position at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute in Japan, where I am researching the relationship between attention bias and emotion in captive chimpanzees. I strongly recommend this course to anyone looking to pursue a career in animal behaviour and welfare.