International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

University of Edinburgh


Off Campus


The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.

The programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

This programme offers you the chance to learn: history, culture and concepts of animal welfare; animal behaviour; animal welfare assessment; animal ethics; recommendations and policy; legislation, regulation and enforcement; science communication; and applied animal welfare - production, companion and captive wild animals.

You can exit at the end of 2 years with PgCert International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

You can exit at the end of 4 years with PgDip International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

You can exit at the end of 2 years with PgProfDev International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.

Your application may also be considered if you have a degree in social science, ethics or law, or if you are an experienced veterinary nurse. Contact the university to check before you apply.

If you have relevant work experience and an undergraduate degree in an area other than science, law, ethics or social science,your application may also be considered.

Start Date

September, Flexible


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

6 years


College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Medicine

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals