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MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare


To ensure the safety of our staff and students and to manage the number of people on campus in a Covid-safe manner during this busy period, it is our intention to enrol as many students as possible online. You can find out if you’re eligible for online enrolment on our How to Enrol page.

If you are eligible to complete your enrolment online, you will receive a unique username and password via letter and email. This will allow you to sign in to access your online enrolment dashboard.

Online enrolment for this programme opens on the following dates:


Please note: Access to your personal online enrolment dashboard will only be available from the date stated above.

If you need support with online enrolment, please email or give us a call on 01964 553000 during the support times shown on our How to Enrol page.

If you are not eligible for online enrolment or need extra support, please call 01964 553000 to book an appointment to enrol on campus.


The enrolment process will be complete once you have attended Bishop Burton for your induction session, which will take place week commencing:

12th September – Please be advised by your lecturer

Please bring your own device if you have one.

At induction, students will receive their ID badge, a copy of their Learner Agreement and details about how to access their college email account, including their username and password (which they can change if they wish at a later date).

Compulsory Block Teaching Session One (PT and FT)

Thursday 16th September 2021 - Saturday 18th September 2021

Compulsory Block Teaching Session Two (FT only)

Saturday 2nd October 2021 - Sunday 3rd October 2021

Compulsory Block Teaching Session Three (FT only)

Saturday 20th November 2021 - Sunday 21st November 2021

Compulsory Block Teaching Session Four (PT and FT)

Saturday 5th February 2022 - Sunday 6th February 2022

MSc Project Presentations (FT only - one day this week)

Thursday 26th May 2022 - Thursday 26th May 2022

The Level 7 postgraduate programme is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop a comprehensive and sound knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and welfare theories while developing both analytical, practical and the higher professional skills required for working the animal industry.

To achieve this students will be provided with opportunities to engage with industry and guest speakers while on this programme. Students will also have access on block sessions to extensive practical facilities ensuring students are fully prepared for the workplace.

The Animal Management Centre houses a wide range of animals including invertebrates, amphibians, freshwater and marine fish, reptiles, birds, small mammals, and primates. In addition the college runs a licensed boarding kennels and grooming parlour. A well-stocked livestock farm and a large equine yard housing over 80 horses, also supports the department.

The Science Centre will be used as part of this programme and this facility includes specialist laboratories and a project laboratory equipped to a commercial standard for nutritional and biochemical analysis.

Before you begin your course, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared with the right equipment. Many of our courses need specialist health and safety clothing, but we’ve made it simple - some of your essentials and college branded clothing can be bought from our online shop.

For your course, you will need:

  • Students will require regular access to a computer with a broadband Internet connection in order to participate in webinars, download learning materials, watch recorded webinars and submit assignments. A headset with microphone will be required for participation in webinars and on-line tutorials.
  • Appropriate software is required: Microsoft Office and OpenOffice (freeware) are the only office suites supported.
  • Sturdy footwear suitable for practical sessions
  • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings – you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials.
  • Roughly £100 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme.
  • A wide range of resources are available for use both on and offsite for dissertation projects but it may not be possible to purchase/service all requests therefore students need to be aware that they may need to self-fund some elements.