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Course summary

This is the only degree programme in the UK which focuses specifically on Animal Welfare Science, and draws on the expertise of one of the largest Animal Welfare research teams in the world. Animal welfare is a global issue and becoming increasingly important in terms of food production, sustainability, and meeting societal expectations about animal care, whether they be used for food, for sport or entertainment, or as companions. Animal welfare is relevant to food policy, climate change, wildlife conservation and sustainability. This course will equip you with an understanding of the issues surrounding the welfare of a wide range of animals, and the knowledge and skills required to develop a career in research, animal management, animal policy or a role in the charitable and non-governmental organisations sector. This course will provide you with a grounding in animal biology and animal management, followed by a specialised understanding of animal behaviour, animal welfare and the ethics of animal use. You’ll learn to apply the principles of applied animal behaviour to assess animal welfare, and gain the skills to work with different ethical frameworks and their application. This degree encourages discussion and debate, and will give you a solid scientific understanding of the likely conflicts and complex issues and problems faced by different sectors of animal use; the course addresses food animal production, zoo animals, and companion animals, all taught in a global sustainability context.


Potential modules include:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health
  • Animal Conservation
  • Animals and Society
  • Animal Welfare Concepts
  • Animals at the Centre of Global Issues
- Animal Physiology Systems

Assessment method

Modules are assessed separately using a combination of coursework and written examinations. Coursework assessments are very varied and might include for example laboratory reports, practical investigations, case studies, essays, reports, oral presentations and groupwork assignments

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 - Advanced Highers at BB including Biology or Chemistry plus 4 Highers at ABBB to include Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry. Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent (for literacy) and in Maths (for numeracy). or 3 A-Levels AAB, including Biology or Chemistry, with GCSE passes in Maths and English. Applicants undertaking relevant HNC and HND qualifications may be considered for advanced entry. Please contact the Admissions Team ([email protected]) to discuss further.

International applicants

SRUC has a long tradition of welcoming students from outside the UK to study with us, and we find they greatly enhance the learning experience of other students and their unique viewpoint and carried life experiences. International student rules and regulations are set by national governments. For the most up to date guidance, please visit our website –

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Under SRUC’s Contextual Admissions Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. More information on our Contextual Admissions Policy can be found on our website.

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English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a course taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability can be viewed on our website. English language tests should be no more than two years old on the start date of your chosen course.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £16000* Year 1
International £16000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Animal Welfare Science at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS