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Animal Health and Welfare MRes / MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time, or part-time over two years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Please note that this course is undergoing revalidation for 2022 entry and its content is subject to change.

Animal Health and Welfare relates the study of animal health to improving and enhancing welfare. There is an increased global awareness of the link between animal and human health and this suggests that graduates with skills in this area are well placed for a range of career destinations within the animal sector.

The course combines advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills for use within the animal sector. It will equip you with theoretical knowledge in practical situations where an in-depth understanding of animal health and welfare might be of benefit, for example in animal production, utilisation of animals for educational/therapeutic purposes, conservation efforts, and the role/value of animals in society more generally. The course will cover the scientific theory and practice relating to animal health and welfare. It will also critically evaluate and assess the biological and social basis of the interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding and overall quality of specific human-animal interactions.

If you have any questions about our Animal Health and Welfare course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

  • Your studies will be based at our Brackenhurst Campus, which offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience. You will have access to our modern Animal Unit on campus which houses over 150 animals. You will benefit from a £2.5 million campus eco-library.
  • Staff have expertise and experience in the field of animal health and welfare science across a range of species. You will enjoy excellent links to partner organisations, conservation projects and academic institutions across the world.

This course attracts graduate and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including:

  • biological sciences
  • veterinary science / nursing
  • agriculture
  • environmental sciences, ecology and conservation
  • biological and humane education
  • animal welfare professionals.

What you’ll study

Please note that this course is undergoing revalidation for 2022 entry and its content is subject to change.

There is an emphasis on examining the biology of health and welfare science, while adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the wider subject area.

You'll study the current issues and insights at the forefront of animal health and welfare, and the philosophical, welfare and ethical issues related to these. You'll explore general patterns in human and animal cognition, behaviour, and psychological functioning, and appreciate how these relate to the application of health and welfare science.

In this course you will also evaluate the rigour and validity of published research, and assess their relevance to new situations within the discipline. You'll gain an insight into recent advances in animal science - therefore, attending a relevant scientific conference is strongly advised as an integral part of the course.

Ethology and Welfare (Animal)

(20 credit points)

Examine and evaluate the behaviour and management of a range of animal species, from a comparative ethological perspective. Examine behaviours, habitat, ecological niche and patterns of behaviour, in natural and domestic populations. Evaluate methods of recording such behaviour, and apply the findings to the management and behaviour of animals. Review the means of evaluating welfare and apply them to a variety of situations - from domestic and captive, to wild and natural.

This module is assessed by a written assignment (60%) and oral communication (40%)

Research Methods and Data Analysis

(20 credit points)

Gain advanced skills in interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research and data relevant to whole-organism biology. Develop a critical understanding of the ethical considerations involved in the collection of data.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Comparative Performance Biology

(20 credit points)

Examine performance biology across a range of animal species, and consider the key aspects of how performance expectations can affect animal health and welfare. Study comparative performance biology (both human and animal) and identify how to maximise performance whilst minimising health and welfare implications. An emphasis is placed upon sporting aspects of animal performance (particularly equine and canine), but aspects of adaptive performance will also be identified to develop your critical awareness of the subject area.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Animal Health, Disease Control and Surveillance

(40 credit points)

Examine key aspects of animal health, investigate diseases of national and international concern, and identify control and surveillance measures. Emphasis will be placed upon diseases of global significance, including emerging and re-emerging diseases.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Ethics and Consultation (Animal)

(20 credit points)

Explore ethical aspects of the modern human-animal relationship, within the context of historical development and recent advances in animal welfare philosophy. Review the ethical and legal implications of advising and consulting within the animal and equine industries in a professional capacity.

This module is assessed by oral communication (50%) and a written assignment (50%)

Animal Health

(20 credit points)

Examine key aspects of animal health and identify aspects of health and disease from the perspective of maintaining welfare. An emphasis will be placed upon developing a critical awareness of current animal health issues of both national and international concern.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Research Project

(MRes 120 credit points, MSc 60 credit points)

Research in depth a chosen topic area related to animal health and welfare. Design and implement a relevant research project with a strong aspect of originality. Communicate the findings to an informed audience, in a comprehensive scientific report.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Our Animal Health and Welfare course is offered at two levels; two Masters degrees (MSc and MRes).

MSc

The MSc comprises a taught programme of five modules and a research project.

MRes

The MRes offers three taught modules, and provides the opportunity to undertake an extended research project.

ModulesMResMSc
Research Methods and Data Analysis Included Included
Ethology and Welfare (Animal) Included Included
Comparative Performance Biology Not Included Included
Animal Health, Disease Control and Surveillance Not Included Included
Ethics and Consultation (Animal) Not Included Included
Animal Health Included Not Included
Research Project Included Included

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Lauren-Emerson

Animal Health and Welfare

The course tutors are approachable, friendly and keep the course upbeat. They know exactly what they are talking about and apply real life situations to the course.

Hannah-Harris

Animal Biology

The courses influenced my decision to keep within the canine industry, but more so, the biggest influence was working with lecturers who were passionate and experienced in the canine field. They were able to provide me with insights and experience alongside the course.

How you’re taught

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff. Independent learning is also required and you will undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards.

For the Masters awards you will research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project and communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

The course will use a variety of assessment methods, such as case studies, student-led seminars, literature reviews and presentations that will allow you to demonstrate understanding, objective critical analysis skills and the ability to communicate findings in a scientific manner.

Staff Profiles

Samantha Bremner-Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Samantha Bremner-Harrison

Stephen Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Stephen Harrison

Samantha Ward

Senior Lecturer

Animal, Rural & Environmental Science

Samantha Ward

Antonio Uzal

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Antonio Uzal FHEA MCIEEM. Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation.

Careers and employability

Your course leader and lecturers are actively involved in liaising with external agencies and industry to ensure the course is relevant and meets the needs of employers. Successful completion of the course will create employment opportunities within the animal sector, as well as within research areas such as animal, human health and sport industries. Some examples are:

  • animal welfare organisations (RSPCA, Blue Cross, International League for the Protection of Horses, Dogs Trust, World Horse Welfare)
  • international animal federations (e.g. Federation Equestrienne International, Federation Cynologique Internationale and Olympic Committee)
  • sporting / performance industries and organisations (e.g. Wetherby's, The Kennel Club)
  • animal consultancy - health, behaviour, training and welfare
  • charitable societies, governing bodies and relevant NGOs
  • nutritionists and nutrition advisors
  • sports psychology
  • competition training
  • rehabilitation
  • animal related law
  • animal / equine journalism
  • medical sales
  • insurance
  • coaching
  • lecturing
  • research industry, research assistant.

There is also the possibility of further postgraduate research.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From conservation management to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is located at the University's Brackenhurst campus, an idyllic 200-hectare estate in a rural setting approximately 14 miles from Nottingham. It is close to the picturesque minster town of Southwell and has good public transport and road links with Nottingham.

The campus is an ideal study location with bespoke scientific facilities, teaching resources and accommodation. There is a modern Animal Unit which houses over 250 animals representing over 70 different species. The collection consists mainly of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the Animal Unit which contain various research equipment and essential resources to enhance the learning experience. On campus there are also veterinary and equestrian facilities, a working farm including arable and protected crop production, 200 breeding ewes, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.

Brackenhurst Campus

We have invested over £20 million in our facilities at the Brackenhurst campus over the last few years. Our beautiful 200-hectare estate acts as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research. The estate is home to a diverse range of species including kestrels, yellowhammers, hedgehogs, badgers, and great crested newts.

  • Home to around 1,300 students and approximately 14 miles from the city centre.
  • A beautiful countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscape gardens.
  • Buses every 15-20 minutes throughout the day heading from the campus straight into the heart of the city, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • Access to an animal unit housing over 250 animals and representing over 70 different species.
  • Veterinary and equestrian facilities.
  • A 200 hectare working farm.
  • Latest facilities including our high-tech glasshouse.
  • New library.
  • Regularly hosts training and squad days for Agility Team GB, giving students a unique opportunity to work with international level dogs and their handlers.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

MRes

  • A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biological based science, such as Animal Biology or Zoology. Applicants with an equivalent level of relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

MSc

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biological based science, such as Animal Biology or Zoology. Applicants with relevant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

What are we looking for?

MRes

  • A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biological based science, such as Animal Biology or Zoology. Applicants with an equivalent level of relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

MSc

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biological based science, such as Animal Biology or Zoology. Applicants with relevant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2022

Mode of study

Home (UK) tuition fee

Full-time

£8,800

Part-time*

£4,400

*please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni for September 2020 and January 2021 entry. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on  +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Tuition fees for September 2022

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,850

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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