Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Edinburgh Campus


This course aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the scientific study of animal behaviour and animal welfare that can be applied effectively in science and practice.

The course is run in conjunction with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (also known as Dick Vet), which has an impressive international reputation in Animal Welfare. This creates a solid platform for education and will give you a variety of research opportunities.

At the end of the course, you'll be able to understand the application of scientific principles to the study of animal behaviour and welfare and utilise effective, modern methods for describing and analysing scientific data.

You'll know how to assess the welfare of animals in captivity and in the natural environment, offer advice on applied animal behaviour and animal welfare issues and understand philosophical debate relating to the use of animals by humans.

Throughout the taught courses you will take part in many visits to farms and animal facilities and will study the following courses: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare; Biology of Suffering; Animal Cognition and Consciousness; Scientific Methodology; Animal Welfare Applications.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (first or 2:1), or equivalent in Animal Science, Biology, Psychology, Zoology or Veterinary Science.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

24 - 36 months



SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals