The Course

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 behavior in companion animals. It is headed by a team of experts, including Europe’s first veterinary behavior professor, European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon's specialist Daniel Mills.

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 behavior 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 behaviorists 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 utilized in the delivery of this programme and peer-to-peer discussion is encouraged through the University's virtual learning environment.

Students who enroll in 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 the 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 through coursework, case material assessment, examinations including written and viva voce, together with a final thesis that will include a poster presentation.

Assessment Feedback

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.

Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honors degree in Life Sciences or equivalent experience.

International Students will require the English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

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Last updated September 3, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug. 2019
13 - 33 months
15,700 GBP
International | Home/EU: £7,300
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