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MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Hartpury University

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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    University Centre Hartpury

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course overview

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.

Graduate destinations

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:

PhD study

  • 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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Hartpury University

  • Campus address

    University Centre Hartpury, Hartpury House, Hartpury, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 19 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 155
    114 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%


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