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Animal welfare and behavior

HV0207 Animal welfare and behavior, 15.0 Credits

Djurvälfärd, djurskydd och etologi

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Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Quiz 1.00 1002
Animal Ethics 2.00 1003
Ethology 6.00 1004
Animal welfare 6.00 1005

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

- 150 credits at first cycle level
- 60 credits biology, animal science, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine
- 60 credits agricultural sciences (of which at least 30 credits animal science/zoology)
- English 6


The course intends to provide advanced knowledge of the basic need, behaviour, environment and welfare of animal and the relationships between these.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- discuss and review research within ethology, animal welfare and animal protection critically,
- assess and discuss different animal husbandry forms based on an animal welfare, behavior and ethics perspective,
- apply animal welfare legislation and/or regulations and analyse and reflect on both national and international aspects on animal welfare and animal ethics,
- design and carry out projects and within animal behaviour and welfare using appropriate experimental and design methods,
- present scientific information aimed at a specified audience.


The course contains specialisation within the fields of ethology and animal welfare. The course is built-up of self-study with seminars of scientific literature, where the student leads actively the implementation. The course contains a number of key lectures, applied exercises assessment of animal husbandry forms and a project work in the form of a scientific ethological study. In the course, the general skills debate and argumentation ability through exercises where current animal welfare issues are discussed out are trained several different perspectives. The course contains a project work and study visit.

Compulsory components occur within e g exercises, seminar, project work and study visits.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course assumes good prior knowledge in behavioural sciences biology, animal welfare and applied statistics/experimental design.

Costs for study visits can be added.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Environment and Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: HV0097, HV0094, HV0124, HV0188
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Animal Science - Master´s Programme Agriculture Programme - Animal Science Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0207 Application code: SLU-20101 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Environment and Health Pace: 100%