This programme provides flexible postgraduate study designed to specifically address the demand for online clinical animal behavior teaching within a supported learning environment. The programme will utilize an evidence-based approach to explore the potential motivations, management and treatment options for abnormal and/or problem behaviors commonly expressed by companion animal species living within a domestic environment.
The subject involves a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on knowledge and techniques from the fields of psychology, etiology, neurobiology, pharmacology and veterinary science. This programme will contain teaching and learning that is aimed at your academic preparation for a professional career working with companion animals in a variety of settings, including clinical animal behavior counseling.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh's excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
This MSc programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centered approach to the choice of courses studied. You must complete a sufficient number of course credits to achieve the following awards:
- Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits
- Master of Science: 180 credits
You may undertake this programme by the intermittent study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within the following maximum time limits:
- Postgraduate Certificate: 12-24 months
- Postgraduate Diploma: 24-48 months
- Master of Science: 36-72 months (this includes a maximum period of 12 months from the start of your dissertation to its completion)
Year 1: Certificate Courses
You will study Principles of Applied Animal Behaviour and Clinical Animal Behaviour along with either Anthrozoology (recommended for those continuing to Diploma/MSc) or one of two other elective courses.
Year 2: Diploma Courses
You will study Clinical Animal Behaviour in Practice along with two elective courses from a choice of 4.
Year 3: Masters
The dissertation element of the programme will allow further development of scientific skills and may take the form of a short research project, case studies relating to relevant professional experience or an extended literature review.
Postgraduate Professional Development
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses, you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to study towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
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Find out more about compulsory and optional courses
We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.
|Award||Title||Duration||Study mode||Programme structure|
|MSc||Clinical Animal Behaviour||6 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2017/18|
|PgDip||Clinical Animal Behaviour||4 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2017/18|
|PgCert||Clinical Animal Behaviour||2 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2017/18|
|PgProfDev||Clinical Animal Behaviour||2 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2017/18|
Alongside the subject content, the programme will also enable the acquisition of a range of transferable skills, such as computer skills, report writing, giving online presentations and time and project management.
You will be able to:
- consider how a scientific understanding of how biology and normal species-specific behavior can be applied in the management of problematic and/or abnormal behavior in a range of companion animal species
- develop a thorough understanding of the methods and approaches used for the management and treatment of common problematic behavior in companion animals
- gain an understanding of the scientific basis to a range of adjuncts used in the management of problem behavior, including behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology, and pheromonotherapy
Students are expected to find work in the field of companion animal behavior and welfare as well as working in education, or as advisors with non-governmental organizations and governments.
A UK 2:1 honors degree, or its international equivalent, with a biological background, for example, a degree in veterinary medicine/science, biological sciences, zoology, psychology or animal science.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
- Entry requirements by country
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Find out more about our language requirements:
- English language requirements
Fees and costs
- Fees for MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
- Fees for PgDip Clinical Animal Behaviour (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
- Fees for PgCert Clinical Animal Behaviour (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
- Fees for PG Professional Development in Clinical Animal Behaviour (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 1-2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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Last updated March 27, 2018