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MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation

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Further your knowledge of animal welfare, nutrition, genetics, behaviour and conservation with our Masters degree at ARU Writtle.

Learn from highly qualified, research-active staff who will support you as you study a range of modules, based on the approach of putting science into practice.

As a student at ARU Writtle you’ll have access to livestock, exotic and companion animals on campus.

You’ll benefit from our relationships with Colchester Zoo, Essex Wildlife Trust, the Zoological Society of London (including both London and Whipsnade Zoos), and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. There may be opportunities to undertake dissertation research projects in the zoos.

Our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation is ideal if you want to develop your knowledge of animal welfare and conservation, and take the next step in your career.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • benefit from extensive library and IT resources
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


As an MSc in Animal Welfare & Conservation graduate, you'll be highly skilled and employable, ready to secure management-level jobs or improve your promotion prospects.

You may pursue roles in areas such as animal welfare, nutrition, zoo keeping, conservation or research. Opportunities exist in a number of sectors including:

  • senior positions in Government services, such as DEFRA quarantine officers
  • animal health inspector
  • companies specialising in farm animal nutrition and pet food manufacturing, breeding and reproduction, veterinary medicines and pharmaceuticals
  • animal welfare charities
  • zoos, animal rescue centres and safari parks
  • independent wildlife agencies such as RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England, and the Countryside Council for Wales.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU.

Apply now for MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation

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