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Course overviewThis course is ideal for those who want to expand existing expertise in animal behaviour and welfare science through research, preparing for PhD study or wanting to advance a specific area of their professional practice.You’ll learn from leading animal experts on a campus that’s home to over 70 different species as part of our animal collection, plus an abundance of wildlife.Research-active lecturers and professors will support you to advance knowledge gained from your first
This course is ideal for those who want to expand existing expertise in animal behaviour and welfare science through research, preparing for PhD study or wanting to advance a specific area of their professional practice.
You’ll learn from leading animal experts on a campus that’s home to over 70 different species as part of our animal collection, plus an abundance of wildlife.
Research-active lecturers and professors will support you to advance knowledge gained from your first degree or employment.
You’ll learn how to develop practical solutions for existing and emerging challenges in animal behaviour and welfare science, focusing your research on your interests and career aspirations.
You’ll have access to a diverse range of species from our own animal collection – domestics, exotics, invertebrates and amphibians– as well as a wealth of wildlife across our 360-hectare rural site. We’re also home to equine and canine therapy centres, as well as specialist dog agility activities and expertise.
Our strong industry connections with rescue centres, animal trainers and behaviourists, zoos and conservationists, will further enhance your experiences and extend your professional networks. Delivery is flexible and often at weekends to fit around work or other commitments.
How you'll study
We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential while you're here so that you can achieve your personal and professional goals.
The research component of this degree makes it ideal for those wishing to undertake more significant academic research via a PhD or for those who wish to advance a specific area of their professional practice.
Students have gone on to undertake their doctorate, as well as securing professional roles or progressing existing roles at zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, domestic animal rescue/rehoming, conservation or welfare centres.
Our careers team can support you to find and prepare for employment. Potential graduate destinations include:
Work in the animal charity campaigning sector
Animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming/release
Starting your own business in the animal industry
Teaching in animal-related subjects
General management, training and care of animals in various sectors
Students can also exit with PGcert and PGdip awards.
Hartpury University is a specialist provider of agriculture, animal, equine and veterinary education, based in Gloucestershire, in the heart of England’s countryside.
Students can choose from taught and applied research Master’s degrees, as well as PhDs, in animal, agriculture, equine, sport and veterinary subjects. World-class facilities and expertise, small class sizes and a personal teaching approach offer students what they need to succeed.
The campus is home to a 1,800-strong student body – passionate about performance, academia and business. They help to improve the futures of people, animals and the planet, whilst developing their own expertise and careers.
The University is located on a stunning rural 360-hectare campus that has had more than £50 million invested in it over the last 10 years.
Where you'll study