This programme provides flexible postgraduate study designed to specifically address the demand for online clinical animal behaviour teaching within a supported learning environment. The programme will utilise an evidence based approach to explore the potential motivations, management and treatment options for abnormal and/or problem behaviours commonly expressed by companion animal species living within a domestic environment.

The subject involves a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on knowledge and techniques from the fields of psychology, ethology, neurobiology, pharmacology and veterinary science. This programme will contain teaching and learning that is aimed at your academic preparation for a professional career working with companion animals in a variety of settings, including clinical animal behaviour counselling.

Study Details:

MSc 6 year online learning PGDip 4 years online learning PGCert 2 years online learning

Module Details:

Year 1
Core courses
Principles of Animal Behaviour (* Core – 20 Credits)
Clinical Animal Behaviour (* Core – 20 Credits)
Year 2
Core courses
Advanced Clinical Animal Behaviour Practice (*Core – 20 Credits)
Years 1-5
Elective courses from this programme
Anthrozoology (20 Credits)
Elective courses from selected programmes
Cat and Dog Welfare (20 Credits)
Equitation Science (20 Credits)
International Animal Welfare Science (20 Credits)
Equine Behaviour and Welfare (20 Credits)
Captive and Free Ranging Animal Welfare (20 Credits)
Animal Ethics, Policy and Law (20 Credits)
Years 3 – 6
Dissertation element (must be written within a 12 month period)


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with a biological background, for example a degree in veterinary medicine/science, biological sciences, zoology, psychology or animal science.

We may consider applicants with degrees in other disciplines if you have a minimum of 5 years demonstrable experience working with companion animals in a relevant capacity. Please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to professional development or certificate level, rather than the full MSc in the first instance.

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