MRes

Applied Anthrozoology

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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 two years part-time

Anthrozoology is the study of human and animal interactions. There is an increased awareness of the importance of understanding the relationships between humans and other species across a wide variety of circumstances, from agricultural production, companionship and sporting disciplines, to situations where the human-animal interaction can be utilised for mutual benefit.

Why choose this course?

  • You can undertake an international research project using NTU's links with national and international welfare, conservation, performance animal and animal behaviour projects.
  • The Animal Unit and Equestrian Centre at Brackenhurst campus facilitate a wide variety of potential research projects in Anthrozoology.
  • Brackenhurst campus offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
  • You'll have access to a 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013.

What you'll study

This postgraduate degree course covers the diversity of human-animal interactions. It critically evaluates and assesses the biological and social basis of these interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding, and enhancing the overall quality of specific human-animal interactions. It combines advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills.

You'll study how humans and animals interact, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of these interactions. There's an emphasis on examining the animal aspect of the interaction, while adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the wider subject area. you'll discover how this knowledge can be applied to practical situations where an in-depth understanding of human-animal interactions might be of benefit, for example in animal rescue and rehoming centres; the utilisation of animals for educational and therapeutic purposes; human-animal conflict situations and the role and value of animals in society more generally.

You'll study the current issues and insights at the forefront of anthrozoology, 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 anthrozoology.

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

  • Modules

    Human-Animal Interactions

    (20 credit points)

    Critically examine the human-animal interaction (HAI), and the application of the HAI in both theoretical and practical contexts. Develop a critical awareness of the animal animal aspect of the HAI, and identify how the health and welfare of all participants in an interaction can be maintained.

    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%)

    Research Methods and Data Analysis

    (20 credit points)

    Learn advanced skills in interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research data relevant to whole organism biology, and develop a critical understanding of the ethical considerations involved in the collection of that data. You'll present your findings and research in a variety of ways, as well as critically evaluating, interpreting and relaying knowledge gained from secondary sources, to peers.

    This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

    Research Project

    (MRes 120 credit points, MSc 60 credit points)

    Research a chosen topic area related to applied anthrozoology in depth. 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%)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

93% of postgraduate students studying within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences would recommend their course to other students (PTES, 2018).

How you’re taught

You'll be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You'll also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff.

Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research. 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.

Teaching is supported by our modern Animal Unit which houses over 150 animals from 40 different species. The collection consists of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the animal unit that contain research equipment and essential resources to enhance your learning experience. You'll also benefit from our veterinary and equestrian facilities, as well as our working farm that includes sheep, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.

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 wider 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 and World Horse Welfare)
  • international animal federations (e.g. Federation Equestrienne Internationale, Federation Cynologique Internationale, Olympic Committee)
  • sporting/performance industries and organisations (e.g. Wetherby's and The Kennel Club)
  • animal consultancy - Health, Behaviour, Training and Welfare
  • charitable societies, Governing bodies and relevant NGOs
  • sports psychology
  • competition training
  • rehabilitation
  • animal related Law
  • animal / Equine Journalism
  • coaching
  • counselors / Therapists
  • 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. (DLHE, 2014/15).

Entry requirements

For 2019 entry you will need:

MRes

  • A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

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

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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

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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.

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