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The University of Edinburgh: Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
Study type Taught


This highly respected MSc programme will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and scientific understanding to pursue a career addressing local and global challenges to animal welfare.

Our multi-disciplinary programme is delivered by an internationally renowned research-led team, specialising in applied animal behaviour.

During this MSc you will:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, principles and concepts in animal behaviour and animal welfare

  • plan and execute a significant project of research on applied animal behaviour or animal welfare by applying knowledge and a range of specialised techniques

  • critically review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to address contemporary issues in animal welfare.

  • communicate about animal welfare and animal behaviour, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise

  • exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in your own work and make informed judgements, on your own or collectively, on challenging animal welfare issues


Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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