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University Centre Askham Bryan: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Institution University Centre Askham Bryan View institution profile
Department School of Science
Study type Taught


The PgCert in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare is open to applicants who are due to graduate or have graduated in a related subject area. Alternatively, you may be employed within the animal industry with significant experience and would like to develop higher level skills relating to clinical behaviour in animals. If you're interested in further study but you don't have time for a full Masters and you're not keen on writing another dissertation a certificate (PgCert) could be the perfect qualification for you. PgCerts are Masters-level qualifications equivalent to one third of a Masters with no need to undertake a dissertation. Animal welfare is increasingly becoming a focus in all animal related industries, with demand for clinical behaviourists and trainers across the UK and internationally. You will explore the theoretical concepts associated with animal learning processes and appraises these in relation to behaviour modification and training practices. As well as gain a theoretical understanding and practical awareness of animal ethology and relationship between companion species and behaviour. Key organisations such as the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust are requiring more behaviour and welfare specialists as the industry moves towards increased regulation. Additionally, on the course you will gain an appreciation of how scientific research is conducted and reported in the field as well as undertaking statistical analysis to test data. This is an advanced course for students who want to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the animal behaviour and welfare community, combining classroom and vocational learning. Postgraduate certificates are beneficial because they: • give you the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification without the financial or time commitments of a full Masters degree • allow you to kick-start a career in a professional area. • give you specialist knowledge, for example to progress to a Masters or PhD • improve your career prospects and increase your earning potential. Additional key reasons to study: On-site accommodation available during your study weeks. Assessments are designed in relation to tasks you would be expected to perform in employment. University Centre Askham Bryan can offer you a flexible way to gain a postgraduate qualification: Modules will be delivered in four week blocks (4-5 days) at our main York Campus. Each module will be studied over a one week block. There will be four weeks per year which students will be expected to attend, for more information please visit our website.

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Askham Bryan College


The University Centre Askham Bryan College (UCAB) is the Higher Education arm of Askham Bryan College and provides a range of validated Degrees (Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate) all delivered at the University Centre Askham Bryan York campus. 

The College received University Centre status in 2018 but has delivered higher education programmes since the 1970s. Following a growing number of Foundation, Top Up degrees as well as BSc programmes, and recently saw University Centre Askham Bryan offer its first ever MSc programmes.

Department areas include Animal Management, Equine Science, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Agriculture and Veterinary Nursing and Sport.

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