Animal Welfare, Policy and Legislation at Hartpury University - UCAS

Hartpury University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Animal Welfare, Policy and Legislation (Taught)

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Course summary

This exciting new online postgraduate degree has been designed to meet emerging animal welfare challenges linked to the UK legal system. You’ll apply theory to practice in real-world settings, enabling you to progress into a management role. The animal welfare sector is diverse, covering everything from agriculture to pet shops and rescue centres to wildlife conservation - elements of legislative control are important to every area. As you progress into management positions, you’re likely to find yourself responsible for legal compliance, consultation or lobbying to produce new legislation. A centre of excellence This course will provide you with the expertise you need to navigate the legal system and improve welfare standards in your chosen area. You’ll learn from expert lecturers, many of whom are also industry professionals, actively engaged in legislation and policy development. Alongside working with external organisations, students and staff gain insights from and influence welfare standards in our campus businesses – we’re home to animal therapy enterprises, equine livery and events centres, a commercial farm and over 70 different species. Flexible online delivery Online delivery makes this programme ideal, no matter where you live. Full and part-time pathways mean that you can study flexibly to fit around employment or other commitments. You'll have the opportunity to visit our campus in the spring to explore how theory applies to real-world practice in our animal settings. UK Centre for Animal Law (A-Law) membership As a student on this course, you'll benefit from complimentary student membership to A-Law through our university membership. The charity provides an extensive knowledge hub for global animal protection laws amongst lawyers, universities, animal protection groups and the wider public. You'll have access to professionals and resources to support your learning and career.


Our modules are developed regularly to reflect student and industry demands, ensuring you’re well prepared to enter skilled employment on graduation. The majority of courses are comprised of both compulsory and optional modules, the latter of which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals. Most courses also include work placement learning, to help you gain essential experience for your future. Modules include Advanced Principles of Animal Welfare, The UK Legal System for Biologists, The Research Process, Regulating Agriculture and Food Production, Captive Exotics and Wildlife Policy and Law, Companion and Working Animal Regulations, Controls on the Use of Animals in Science, Postgraduate Independent Study. Modules are sometimes subject to change. Optional modules change each year - you can attend introductory sessions before deciding which ones to study. For more information, please visit

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written and practical exams, and written assignments. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment. Feedback will be given in written form, with the option to discuss all feedback with academic staff.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second-class (2:2) honours degree in a relevant subject.Students with non-relevant qualifications but with work exp erience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

The Hartpury Postgraduate Studentship Scheme has been developed to make postgraduate study affordable and to provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience to compliment and enhance their academic study. Roles are available in Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants. Post holders will be supported to undertake a teaching qualification and HEA accreditation as well as having a fee bursary and a training bursary. To apply, please visit: For information on other financial support available to postgraduate students, please see our website for more information:

Animal Welfare, Policy and Legislation at Hartpury University - UCAS