This Masters in Human-Animal Interaction will introduce you to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. It covers a broad range of topics and looks at human-animal interactions across a wide range of contexts – from pet-owning to animal-assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation.

You'll carry out a placement and research project to get direct experience tailored to your individual career goals. You will also learn from our recognised experts in human-animal interaction, whose specialisms include:

  • aquaculture
  • conservation
  • human-animal conflict
  • animal-assisted therapy
  • the study of animal behaviour and animal welfare

A highlight of our Master's course is a conference on Human-Animal Interactions, organised by Paws for Progress, which features a wide range of distinguished speakers and provides excellent networking opportunities. The registration fee is covered for Masters students.

This Masters course can be studied as an MA or MSc. It depends on whether your focus is on quantitative or qualitative methodologies. Selected components of this Masters course count as continuing professional development for those already working in this area.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Your placement and research project will give you direct experience tailored to your individual career goals

#2 You can join our lively research community, meeting up for weekly research seminars and informal specialist discussion groups

#3 You’ll learn from our recognised experts in the human-animal interaction field

Work placements

You’ll carry out a placement and research project to gain direct experience tailored to your individual career goals. You may be able to undertake a placement or conduct data collection for your research project at suitable organisations outside the UK.

We have experience in delivering placement modules and we have excellent links with partners in industry and the third sector. Established partnerships with relevant organisations also offer research projects to students, within the Making the Most of Masters framework.

Course details

The course includes two core modules on different aspects of human-animal interaction:

  • Humans and Other Animals
  • Human-Animal Interaction in Context

There’s an external placement module and an individual research project. Optional modules include quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and a choice of postgraduate modules to suit your own specific development needs (in agreement with the Course Director). The individual module components contribute towards 60 percent of the MA/MSc grade, with the research dissertation contributing the remaining 40 percent.


Teaching is delivered in a number of ways, including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based. You’ll typically be taught in small groups in specialist classes, or with first year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses).


A range of assessment methods are used across the programme, including:

  • research proposals
  • critical reviews
  • a logic model
  • reflective journals for placements
  • oral presentations
  • popular science articles
  • dissertation

Course director

Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith

Course secretary

Linda Cullen

+44 (0) 1786 466854


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £6,300
  • Overseas: £15,250
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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 27 months
6,300 GBP
Home/EU: £6,300 - Overseas: £15,250
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