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Animal Welfare and Psychology

Anglia Ruskin University
En Cambridge (Inglaterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (Inglaterra)
  • Duración:
    3 Years

The main aims of this degree are: To provide you with a broad knowledge base in the field of animal welfare and psychology. To equip you with the analytical and scientific skills necessary to test new ideas and critically review results.

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Requisitos: Required subject(s): GCE A-level Biology or Psychology (or equivalent qualification) Preferred subject(s): GCE A-level Psychology or Science (or equivalent qualification) GCSE(s) Required: English grade C, Mathematics grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.

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01 octubre 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , Inglaterra
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Skills and Training


Course overview

Animal Welfare is an increasingly high profile issue, making this degree both important and highly relevant to today's world. Combined with the study of Psychology, it will also give you a deeper understanding of human behaviour and society.

Although formal lectures and seminars will provide you with a good grounding in theory in both disciplines, this course is essentially practice focused and you will have ample opportunity to gain and test a range of practical skills. A wide range of options, from Parasitology to Contemporary Social Psychology, will allow you to focus on areas of particular interest or to prepare for a preferred career.

When you graduate you will be able to: design, prepare and execute scientific investigations, and analyse, evaluate and present your findings; show an understanding of how both psychology and animal welfare science can contribute to current philosophical and ethical debates and analyse statistical data and evaluate and critically analyse research papers.

This course covers many themes relevant to the understanding of both humans and animals in the context of today's world. It will provide many fascinating insights and much opportunity for independent project work, and can provide a route into a range of careers or into postgraduate study.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Core Biology
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Key Skills for Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

Year two core modules

  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Preparation for Research
  • Practical Biology
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Research Techniques for Psychology
  • Animal Health and Nutrition

Year three core modules

  • Undergraduate Project in Psychology or Animal Welfare
  • Animal Welfare and Society
  • Design for Animal Welfare

Year two optional modules

  • Biopsychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Essential Health Psychology
  • Contemporary Social Psychology
  • Personality Intelligence & Psychometrics
  • Learning Memory & Perception

Year three optional modules

  • Language & Thought
  • Clinical Psychology: Behavioural and Biological Approaches
  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Critical Issues in Health, Illness and Disability
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Emotion and Consciousness
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Stress and Health


Modules are assessed in a variety of ways. Most are a mix of written assessments, computer-based assessments and written examinations. Additional methods of assessment may include spoken presentations, posters, portfolios and workbooks. Generally, written examinations have a higher weighting in Year 3, but all modules include a coursework component.

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Career opportunities: The animal welfare component of this course naturally leads into work for zoos, the various animal welfare organisations and charities. The course also provides excellent general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory for a wide range of organisations. Potential employers include: government agencies, environmental consultancies, wildlife conservation organisations, and educational and research establishments. The course may also lead on to further postgraduate study and a research career.