International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


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 SRUC and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

Year 1: Certificate

You will take two compulsory courses - International Animal Welfare Science and Animal Ethics, Policy and Law - plus an optional course.

You can exit after 2 years with PgCert International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law.

Year 2: Diploma

You can choose up to 60 credits of optional courses, which include:
Production Animal Welfare; Cat and Dog Welfare; Captive and Free-ranging Wild Animal Welfare; Animals in Research, Testing and Education; Clinical Animal Behaviour; Equine Behaviour and Welfare; Equitation Science; Anthrozoology.

You can exit after 4 years with PgDip International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law.

Year 3: Masters

You complete a dissertation of between 10,000-15,000 words which can be a research project or an extended systematic review of the literature in a topic of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics or Law.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent/very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3 to 6 years



SCQF Level