Want to study animal law? How will you choose the right masters for you? by Ann Broadhurst

Animal welfare is a very important topic, and the future of it depends on animal laws. For those who wish to study animal law, what options are available and how accessible is the information?

Undertaking a masters course is often a key step towards a certain career. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best masters for you. Below are some useful sources which may enhance your search.

Useful Sources

One valuable source of information is the concise webpage of animal law courses provided by The UK Centre for Animal Law. This page offers the course title, location, key contact email, and link for more information. Presenting all the information in this way simplifies the search, allowing you to easily compare courses. They additionally offer a ‘contact us’ option for those seeking more advice.

Animal Law-UK is a blog website dedicated to bringing important news, information and useful resources regarding animal law into one place. They too have created a similar webpage. They have divided the courses up based on location, and also offer a contact email for further help.

Another website many applicants I am sure will be familiar with is Find A Masters. Using their search bar, you can enter key words or a location to summon masters courses that might be of interest. For example, I have typed in ‘Animal law’ and a range of courses have been drawn up:

Once you have used one of the above websites as a form of search engine to narrow down your options, it is much easier to visit just a few university websites and read more in depth about the course.

Course Content

So, what about the courses themselves? Due to masters courses usually being tailored to one niche, so it is essential to carefully assess the course content to ensure it meets your expectations. If you’re unsure exactly what you should be studying, try researching some jobs and consider how the modules align with the role. If you can, speak to someone in a similar job role to one you would like, and ask them what knowledge and qualities they find most important for that role.

Speak to People

As a recent animal law masters applicant, I found speaking to more experienced individuals about their views on masters courses was invaluable. It really is worth asking – you never know who will be willing to take some time to discuss potential options. Don’t forget that university career departments have staff on hand to offer advice for a range of queries. Most of these can be used after graduation, for example University of Exeter’s ‘Career Zone’ can still be used for up to 3 years post-graduation.

I hope this has given you some useful resources and ideas, good luck with any postgrad plans!

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