Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Animal welfare science and ethics is an expanding topic of international concern. It aims to improve our knowledge and understanding of animals’ needs, which is required to provide a high standard of care to the whole range of animals kept in captivity. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • 1st in the UK for Veterinary Medicine (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • Learn with the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM), a grouping of top researchers who focus on combining ecology and evolution with more applied problems in animal health.
  • Taught by research-active staff using the latest approaches in understanding and responding to animal welfare-related issues, legislation related to use of animals, and both theoretical and applied ethics.
  • Develop valuable skills in: quantitative methods, sequence analysis, conservation biology, epidemiology and practical approaches to assessing biodiversity.
  • Our strong ties between veterinarians and ecologists are a unique strength, offering training opportunities spanning both fundamental and applied research.
  • Experience the opportunity to base your independent research projects at:
The University field station on Loch Lomond - for freshwater or terrestrial-based projects Millport field station on the Isle of Cumbrae - for marine projects Cochno Farm in Glasgow - for research based on farm animals We will also assist you to gain research project placements in zoos or research laboratories, whenever possible.
  • Gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects that will enhance your selection chances for competitive PhD programmes.
  • Many links with animal welfare-related organisations. We regularly welcome organisation experts to deliver guest lectures to our Animal Welfare students. We also arrange for our classes to visit organisations to obtain a first-hand view of working there is like.
  • Many organisations provide our students with opportunities to carry out their independent research project within their company.
  • We have currently the following partners involved in this programme:
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie Blair Drummond Safari Park Chester Zoo The Aspinall Foundation (Howletts & Port Lympne) National Museum Scotland PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The programme provides a strong grounding in scientific writing and communication, statistical analysis, and experimental design. It is designed for flexibility, to enable you to customise a portfolio of courses suited to your particular interests. You can choose from a range of specialised options that encompass key skills in:
  • ethics, legislative policy and welfare science – critical for promoting humane treatment of both captive and wild animals.
  • monitoring and assessing biodiversity – critical for understanding the impacts of environmental change.
  • quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data – critical for animal health and conservation.
A total of 180 credits are required, with 40 flexible credits in the second term. Term 1: Core Courses KEY RESEARCH SKILLS (40 credits) ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE (20 credits) Term 2: Core Courses ANIMAL ETHICS ANIMAL LEGISLATION AND SOCIETAL ISSUES Term 2: Optional courses See course page for details Term 3: Core MSc Component RESEARCH PROJECT

How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via by searching for 'international'.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Professional experience may be taken into account. In your application, please submit a personal statement (up to 200 words) outlining your interests and why you want to study this programme at the University of Glasgow.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website.

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via by searching for 'scholarships'.

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law at University of Glasgow - UCAS