Animal Welfare Science

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Edinburgh Campus


This is the only degree programme in the UK which focuses specifically on Animal Welfare Science, and draws on the expertise of one of the largest Animal Welfare research teams in the world.

This course will provide you with a grounding in animal biology and animal management, followed by a specialised understanding of animal behaviour, animal welfare and the ethics of animal use. You’ll learn to apply the principles of applied animal behaviour to assess animal welfare, and gain the skills to work with different ethical frameworks and their application.

This degree encourages discussion and debate, and will give you a solid scientific understanding of the likely conflicts and complex issues and problems faced by different sectors of animal use. The course addresses food animal production, zoo animals, and companion animals, all taught in a global sustainability context.

Example modules: Animal Behaviour; Animal Health; Animal Conservation; Animals and Society; Animal Welfare Concepts; Animals at the Centre of Global Issues; Animal Physiology Systems.

Entry Requirements

4 Highers at BBCC including Biology or Chemistry plus English and Maths at National 5.

Start Date





BSc/BSc Hons

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

6-8 years


Animal Sciences

SCQF Level