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Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #401 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
Animal welfare is at the heart of our mission, and it is a growing, dynamic field of study. The BSc Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics builds on our international reputation in this field. If you are passionate about animal welfare and wonder why different animals behave the way they do, then this course might be for you.
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The courses focus on biological and bioveterinary basic sciences and offer specialisms in animal behaviour, welfare and ethics, and wild animal biology. All of our pathways are hands-on and they include extensive practical and small-group teaching, as well as lab placements. Students are exposed to cutting-edge programmes of research in Comparative Physiology and Medicine, Livestock Production and Health, and Animal Welfare Science and Ethics. At least 18 weeks of practical research experience is available during the second and third years of study.

Past students have produced novel and publishable research and applied for paid summer studentships and internships. Working within our internationally renowned research teams, undergraduates can pursue their research interests further. An optional MSci year provides the opportunity to carry out a more in-depth piece of original research in the fourth year of study, either at the RVC or in industry. Our bioscience students are also strongly encouraged to present their work at scientific meetings and to contribute their data to scientific publications.


This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • The Moving Animal
  • Systems and Investigative Biology
  • The Living Cell
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Basic Concepts in Immunology
  • Genes to Organisms
  • The Enemy Within
  • The Enemy Without
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology: The Bigger Picture
  • Science of Animal Welfare

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Academic qualifications
  • A Levels
  • Welsh, Scottish and Irish applicants
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Diplomas and Further Certificates (including Access and L3 Extended Diploma)
  • GCSEs (only in addition to other qualifications)
  • International and EU applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18570 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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