Nottingham Trent University

Applied Anthrozoology

Anthrozoology is the study of human and animal interactions. There is an increased awareness of the importance of understanding the relationships between humans and other species across a wide variety of circumstances, from agricultural production, companionship and sporting disciplines, to situations where the human-animal interaction can be utilised for mutual benefit.

This course covers the diversity of human-animal interactions. It critically evaluates and assesses the biological and social basis of these interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding, and enhancing the overall quality of specific human-animal interactions. It combines advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills.

You'll study how humans and animals interact, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of these interactions. There's an emphasis on examining the animal aspect of the interaction, while adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the wider subject area.

You'll discover how this knowledge can be applied to practical situations where an in-depth understanding of human-animal interactions might be of benefit, for example in animal rescue and rehoming centres; the utilisation of animals for educational and therapeutic purposes; human-animal conflict situations; and the role and value of animals in society more generally.

You'll study the current issues and insights at the forefront of anthrozoology, and the philosophical, welfare and ethical issues related to these. You'll explore general patterns in human and animal cognition, behaviour, and psychological functioning, and appreciate how these relate to the application of anthrozoology.

On this course, you'll also evaluate the rigour and validity of published research, and assess its relevance to new situations within the discipline. You'll gain an insight into recent advances in animal science, specifically relating to the applications of anthrozoology - therefore, attending a relevant scientific conference is strongly advised as an integral part of this course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent honours Biological Sciences degree. Applicants with an equivalent level of relevant industrial or professional work experience will be considered on an individual basis. International applicants require IELTS 6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Course modules

Modules include: Research Methods and Data Analysis; Human-Animal Interactions; Ethics and Consultation (Animal); and MRes Research Project.

Assessment methods

Achievement is assessed through written assignments, presentations and formal examinations. You will also complete an individual research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Part-time September 2018 3,900 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2018 13,900 (Whole course) International 1 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2018 7,800 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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