2017 Application Deadline
The application deadline for September 2017 entry is March 2017.
The University of Lincoln’s MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour programme is headed by a team of experts and is accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
This Master’s degree follows an evidence-based approach, which aims to develop your theoretical and practical skills for the management of problem behaviour in companion animals. It is headed by an team of experts, including Europe’s first veterinary behaviour professor, European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon's specialist Daniel Mills, and European veterinary behaviour specialist Helen Zulch.
Teaching is informed by research and practice and you have the opportunity to gain experience of actual cases through access to the School of Life Sciences’ veterinary behaviour clinic. The curriculum is closely aligned to the research conducted in the School’s Animal Behaviour Cognition and Welfare Group. You will be encouraged to develop research skills and may have the opportunity to work alongside academics on high-profile projects, many of which are funded by research councils, charities and commercial bodies.
- Development and Regulation of Behaviour
- Domestic Animal Behaviour and Cognition
- Human Animal Interactions
- Animal Welfare
- Research Methods
- Clinical Skills for Animal Behaviour Management
- MSc Thesis.
This programme has accreditation for the theoretical component of the clinical companion animal behaviourists accreditation process from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
How You Study
Formal teaching is supported by a range of personally directed study and peer-to-peer activities, which aim to improve practical and cognitive problem solving skills. Role play workshops are utilised in the delivery of this programme and peer-to-peer discussion is encouraged through the University's virtual learning environment.
Students who enrol on the full-time programme will receive 12 hours of contact time per week for the duration of the taught element of this course. Part-time students should expect to receive 6 hours per week.
You will need to be prepared to make an extensive time commitment to pursue self-directed study. Full time students should allow for between 20-30 hours of self directed study per week and part time students should expect to undertake between 15 - 20 hours on a weekly basis.
How You Are Assessed
Assessment is conducted though coursework, case material assessment, examinations including written and viva voce, together with a final thesis that will include a poster presentation.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Interviews & Applicant Days
Interviews will take place in December and April, with further interviews in the summer, subject to place availability. Early application is encouraged, but applicants will not receive offers before interviews have taken place.
A 2:1 honours degree in Life Sciences, including Veterinary Sciences. We may consider students with degrees in other disciplines who have extensive practical experience.
International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
Dr Helen Zulch
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills that are necessary for the assessment of animal welfare. The module involves the discussion of the different approaches to welfare assessment (i.e. are animals psychologically healthy, and do they have what they want?), evaluation of a range of physiological, behavioural and cognitive indicators of welfare, and training in the design and interpretation of studies to assess contemporary welfare problems. The welfare of animals is placed within a biological context with respect to their potential for experiencing both positive and negative emotional states.
Clinical Skills for Animal Behaviour Management
This module provides students with an opportunity to apply the scientific approach developed at Lincoln for inferring motivation and emotion in the field to produce intervention programmes for problem behaviour situations that are both specific and individualised.
This module also brings together previous learning with the aim of ensuring students can become confident decision makers who can manage their own case-load upon graduation. Considerable time is given over to the processes involved in the evaluation of differential diagnoses and the use and limitations of adjunctive procedures in the management of a given problem. Students have the chance to benefit from the extensive and international expertise of the tutors leading most sessions throughout this module.
Development and Regulation of Behaviour
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the processes affecting the development and regulation of the behaviour of vertebrate species. Both normal and abnormal behaviours are considered in this regard. Hands on experience in training animals is included in this module so that students have the chance to put into practice the process of planning, implementing, recording and assessing an intervention.
Domestic Animal Behavior and Cognition
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of domestic animal behaviour by using a synthesis of ethology, psychology and neurobiology to aid the study of this subject.
Students are introduced to a systematic procedure for making inferences about the motivation underlying a behaviour and associated emotional state of the subject. This approach has been developed at Lincoln to provide a more scientific approach to clinical animal behaviour management practice. Assessment involves the application of these skills to clinical case material, which is supported by group work based around real cases relating to a range of commonly seen presenting complaints.
This module is designed to introduce students to the study of the range of interactions that occur between humans and non-human animals and the processes underlying different types of relationship. This includes reviewing the range of relationships that exist between humans and non-human animals in a variety of settings, such as sport, pet-keeping, research, farming, conservation, pest, differing cultures and differing religions. The module uses lectures, discussions, exercises and role playing to examine the development of human attitudes towards animals.
MSc Thesis (MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour)
The aim of this module is to develop the skills necessary to design, conduct and report on a piece of research relevant to the Clinical Animal Behaviour. The module provides students with the opportunity to plan, implement, analyse, interpret and write up a substantial a piece of empirical work, under the guidance of experienced researchers.
The written report provides training for preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals. The assessment of the MSc projects consists of an oral presentation of the initial thesis plan, a research report written in the style for submission to a professional journal and a poster presentation of research undertaken.
Research Methods (Clinical Animal Behaviour)
The aim of the module is to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills and explore the nature of research methods in a wide variety of scientific applications. This module introduces major research issues related to the application of research methods and some of the key philosophical constructs around which scientific knowledge is based. It is designed to underpin the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for students to assimilate, judge and create scientific knowledge at a level consistent with this level of postgraduate study.
Students can be guided in their development of the skills required to critically search and evaluate the scientific literature, as an integral part of the research process. Particular emphasis will be given to the importance of hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis and data presentation.
The School of Life Sciences runs a veterinary behaviour clinic, which provides teaching material for the programme. The practice is supported by the Animal Behaviour Cognition and Welfare Group: http://bit.ly/1SCXmYP.
You will also have the chance to take advantage of puppy training classes and ongoing companion animal research.
Career and Personal Development
Our graduates are provided the opportunity to develop their practical, critical and independent thinking skills alongside specialist knowledge of the development, diagnosis and management of behavioural disorders and conflicts in companion animal species, in particular dogs and cats.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
|Part-time Home/EU||£41 per credit point|
|Part-time International||£77 per credit point|
* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility
As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.
Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees
To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.
Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.
For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.
For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.
For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].