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  • Objectives
    * To provide a comprehensive grounding in animal behavioural science and welfare * To develop understanding and skills in subjects such as anthrozoology, ethics and welfare and behavioural ecology to enable employment in a wide range of disciplines
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements 160 UCAS points from: 2 A-levels at grade C; or a National Diploma at PMM; or equivalent qualifications in appropriate subjects, supported by GCSEs
  • Academic Title
    Applied Behavioural Science and Welfare, BSc Hons
  • Course description
    This new degree programme concentrates on preparing students for career opportunities in the ever popular fields of animal welfare and related behavioural sciences. The programme will enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of issues, theories and practices associated with the industry and allows students to apply these principles in the field of companion animals, farm animals and wild animals in captivity.

    This programme helps students develop skills in the understanding of behavioural principles and the biological and physiological systems that underpin them. Students explore the multifaceted world of animal behaviour, with emphasis on the identification and management of problem behaviours in both wild and domestic animal containment systems. A range of options for study tours and field trips are incorporated into each year of the programme.

    Year 1

        * Animal Science
        * Experimental Design and Analysis
        * Principles and Practices of Animal Husbandry
        * Principles of Management
        * Concepts of Animal Behaviour

    Year 2

        * Breeding Management and Genetics
        * Problem Behaviour Management
        * Principles of Animal Welfare
        * Comparative Anatomy, Adaptation and Evolution
        * Applied Animal Welfare
        * Animal Cognition and Learning

    Year 3

        * Behavioural Ecology
        * Advanced Welfare and Organisations
        * Current Issues
        * Anthrozoology and Personal Psychology
        * Psychopharmacology
        * Final Year Project

    Specialist equipment / facilities

    Over 120 species, paddocks with grazing animals and specialist rooms for aquatics, reptiles, invertebrates and small mammals. In addition, exotic bird aviaries, a veterinary examination room and a new arctic fox enclosure


    Assignments, projects, presentations and exams

    Career options

    Progression to related MSc or PhD programmes or career opportunities in the fields of animal welfare and related behavioural science

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