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The MSc/PGDip Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare is a specialist degree programme designed to further your knowledge and understanding of domestic and captive animal behaviour and welfare; and to develop your skills in the ethical management of domestic and captive animals. It will prepare you for a professional career in the management of animal behaviour in domestic or captive settings, including clinical animal behaviour counselling. The programme corresponds exactly with the ASAB Accreditation Committee’s academic requirements for Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCABs), and course accreditation is currently being sought.
For the MSc route, you take 75 credits of compulsory modules and you complete a 60 credit research dissertation. Compulsory modules include applied ethology; applied learning theory; animal welfare science; animal law and ethics; animal health and behaviour; experimental design for in vivo research; and clinical procedures.
Optional modules (45 credits) include neuronal and endocrine mediation of behaviour; clinical procedures; abnormal animal behaviour; and animal welfare assessment and advice. Individual modules may also be studied as continuing professional development (CPD).
The programme is modular and taught over three semesters a year. Teaching is delivered through six intensive blocks of study at the University interspersed with tutor-guided self study. Part-time students study alongside full-time students, and split their modules over two years.
For further information please view our web pages at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/subjects/environment/courses/623