MRes / MSc

Animal Health and Welfare

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time, or part-time over two years

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.

Why choose this course?

  • Staff have expertise and experience in the field of animal health and welfare science across a range of species.
  • 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 new £2.5 million campus eco-library offering IT resources 24-7.
  • 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

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.

  • Modules

    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%)
  • Deciding between an MRes and an MSc

    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 AnalysisIncludedIncluded
    Ethology and Welfare (Animal)IncludedIncluded
    Comparative Performance BiologyNot IncludedIncluded
    Animal Health, Disease Control and SurveillanceNot IncludedIncluded
    Ethics and Consultation (Animal)Not IncludedIncluded
    Animal HealthIncludedNot Included
    Research ProjectIncludedIncluded

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.

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.

95% of NTU postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study within six months of graduating. (DHLE, 2014/15)

Entry requirements

For 2019 entry you will need:

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 email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 entry are currently tbc. Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

*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 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. 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.

Course fees for September 2019 entry are currently tbc. Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

*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.

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University, please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you're an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships.

Please visit our international scholarships page for details.

You'll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or +44 (0)115 848 8175.

Still need help?

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