Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare MSc & PGDip

MSc and PGDip: 12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 (MSc), £4,170 (PGDip); part time £3,000 (MSc), £2,085 (PGDip)
International: full time £15,490 (MSc); £10,330 (PGDip) part time fees

CPD modules: please contact the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development for details.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

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 has professional accreditation and is validated by the ASAB Accreditation Committee as delivering the academic requirements for Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCABs).


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.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

Individual modules may also be studied as continuing professional development (CPD).

For students seeking a more research-focused programme, we also offer an MRes in Animal Behaviour.

+Entrance Requirements

A minimum of a lower-second-class Honours degree, or alternative equivalent, in an area of biological or veterinary science or psychology with extensive prior experience of domestic and/or captive animal husbandry and training. We will also consider applicants with degrees in other areas and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each sub-section), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62, or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Office
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6900

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Agriculture.