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MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation

Writtle University College
Course summary
3 semesters
Full time
Chelmsford
Next available date: Enquire for more information - Chelmsford

Course description

MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation

Wrttle University College provides a stimulating environment for you to pursue your studies in animal welfare and conservation. Our highly qualified, research active staff will support you through the approach of putting science into practice, utilising sector relevant links that couple animal welfare issues with nutrition, genetics, behaviour and conservation. We have strong sector links with Colchester Zoo, Essex Wildlife Trust, the Zoological Society of London (including both London and Whipsnade Zoos), and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.

You may have the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of animal species through access to livestock, exotics and companion animals on site, whilst our strong relationship with a number zoos may afford opportunities to undertake dissertation research projects within those establishments.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants will normally hold a good BSc Honours degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised university in a related science subject such as animal science, agriculture, biological sciences, zoology, veterinary or bioveterinary science or other appropriate life-science degree .

Applicants with a BSc (Hons) 3rd class pass, with extensive industrial experience may also be considered for the Masters programme. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome.

All applications received will be reviewed and decisions for admission to the programme will be made on individual merit. Applicants may be interviewed if there is some doubt over the extent of academic qualification or linguistic skills.

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate a level of competence that enables them to study at a postgraduate level. A test score of 6.5 is required in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests.

Training Course Content

Semester One

  • Research Methods (Postgraduate)
  • Animal Genetic Resources
  • Nutritional Issues in Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife Resources

Semester Two

  • Current Issues in Animal Science
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Ethics and Welfare
  • Animal Protection and Habitat Conservation

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

The teaching methods are a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits and student managed learning. The self-guided study takes place under the supervision of experienced staff from the Centre of Equine and Animal Science at Writtle University College.

Students are assessed using a number of methods, for example written examination, reports, essays, seminars, debates, oral presentations, case studies and project dissertation.

The research project is an essential part of the MSc programme and provides the opportunity to carry out an independent piece research, critically analyse data and write a dissertation. The project will normally include hands-on practical experimentation to teach students how to gather and process data and problem solve. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and takes place over an extended period during the spring and summer. The project can be based either at Writtle University College or other suitable external institution.

Examples of potential areas for dissertation projects:

  • Investigation of keeper-animal relationships in zoos
  • Animal behaviour and welfare research in collaboration with Colchester Zoo
  • Assessment of prevalence and risk factors for obesity in companion animals
  • Lameness detection and measurement in dairy cows
  • Estimation endangered wild animal population densities
  • Use of molecular biology techniques in conservation genetics of captive wild animals
  • Incidence of small mammals in agricultural landscapes
  • Diet selection and nutrient intakes in captive animals
  • Behavioural indicators of welfare and performance using different castration methods in lambs

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2021 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Expenses

Home Students

Full-time

  • £8,000

Part-time

  • £666 per 15 credit module
  • £1,332 per 30 credit module
  • £2,664 per 60 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)

Full-time

  • £13,170

Continuing Studies

On attaining your MSc in Animal Welfare & Conservation you will be a highly skilled and employable postgraduate, who will be ready to excel in your future career in areas such as animal welfare, nutrition, zoo keeping, conservation and research.

Graduates are likely to use their award to secure management-level jobs and/or to improve their promotion prospects if they are already employed both in international and national organisations.

Many opportunities exist in either government services or related agencies services, for example:

  • Senior positions in DEFRA as quarantine officers
  • Animal health inspectors

There are also numerous career opportunities in companies specialising in farm animal nutrition and pet food manufacturing, breeding and reproduction, veterinary medicines and pharmaceuticals. There also opportunities in charities engaged in animal welfare such as the RSPCA, zoos, animal rescue centres and safari parks. Also, independent wildlife agencies such as the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England, and the Countryside Council for Wales would be interested in Animal Welfare and Conservation graduates.

Some graduates may take up lecturing positions in universities and colleges or proceed to do further postgraduate study e.g. PhD.

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