Programme: International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law MSc


The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.

The programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both SRUC and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

The programme offers courses in a variety of areas, including:
- history, culture and concepts of animal welfare
- animal behaviour
- animal welfare assessment
- animal ethics
- recommendations and policy
- legislation, regulation and enforcement
- science communication
- applied animal welfare: production, companion and captive wild animals

This programme is affiliated with Edinburgh University's Global Health Academy.

Specific course objectives are to provide graduates with:
- An enhanced knowledge and understanding of animal welfare, ethics and law so as to address welfare concerns form a global perspective
- An awareness of the importance of the application of science based evidence for advancing animal welfare
- An understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in veterinary practice, animal research, animal management and care, animal production, welfare inspection, welfare assessment and the preparation of animal-based legislation
- The skills and confidence to undertake ethical debate relating to animal welfare and animal use.

The MSc International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law is awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

For more information, visit the programme website.

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