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MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training


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.

If you do not receive this information by Monday 10th August, please contact the college on 01964 553000.

Online enrolment for this programme opens on the following dates:

  • Year 1 students: 13th August 2020
  • Year 2 students: 24th August 2020

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 your online induction session, which will take place on the following dates:

  • Year 1 students (part-time and full-time): Thursday 17th September, 6pm
  • Year 2 students (part-time): TBC

At induction, students will receive their ID badge (for online courses this will be posted), 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)

Friday 18th September 2020 - Sunday 20th September 2020

Compulsory Block Teaching Session Two (FT only)

Saturday 3rd October 2020 - Sunday 4th October 2020

Compulsory Block Teaching Session Three (FT only)

Saturday 16th January 2021 - Sunday 17th January 2021

Compulsory Block Teaching Session Four (PT and FT)

Monday 1st February 2021 - Tuesday 2nd February 2021

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

Thursday 27th May 2021 - Thursday 27th May 2021

The Level 7 postgraduate programme are designed to provide students the opportunity to develop a comprehensive and sound knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and learning 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 support the department.

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
  • Training equipment will be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) for the training related modules
  • 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
  • Dogs are not required at block sessions for this programme and therefore should not be brought to the College
  • PLEASE NOTE: The College has a strict policy of not allowing dogs to be left in vehicles.
Bishop Burton College
York Road
Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire HU17 8QG

If you would like to talk to us about anything before you start, please use the details of the key person who you may need to speak to.

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