The University of Winchester
Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law MSc
The University of Winchester

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Students on this course critically reflect upon contemporary uses of animals, and provides the academic skills and expertise needed to protect animals and advance their welfare.

This course provides a strong grounding in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Students gain the necessary skills to develop a scientifically rigorous assessment of the welfare state of animals in a diverse variety of settings, and master the main ethical theories concerning our relationships with other animals.

In recent years there has been a rapid evolution in the social status of animals. Cognitive and behavioural studies have revealed previously unknown characteristics in many species which has led to an increasing focus on our complex, multifaceted relationships with them.

Students learn about the diversity of settings in which animals live or are used, including farming, transportation and slaughter, laboratories, homes, zoos and various other entertainment locales, and about free-ranging animals in natural environments

All students learn key transferable academic skills - such as the design and conduct of a research project and communication of the results to an academic standard - as well as the use of modern communication channels suited to more general audiences

This programme is only offered by distance learning. You may visit the University, and use our facilities and resources on site, however this would be optional and additional to any required study. Please contact the programme leader to arrange any visits.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Student Visa sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.
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Normally a first or second-class Honours degree incorporating a related subject in the life or health sciences or humanities, or professional experience in the area of study (for example, within animal welfare charities, the veterinary profession, or as a Council Animal Welfare Officer).

Costs

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About The University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is a publicly funded university, formally affiliated with the Anglican Christian faith, but they make it clear that they accept students from all faiths, or even none at all. As an educational institution, they pointedly disassociate themselves from the anti-intellectualism sometimes present in religious sectors, and instead seek to promote critical thought and intellectually robust students. The university’s primary campus, King Alfred, is situated close to Winchester city centre.

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Where is this programme taught

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