This online master's degree programme is oriented towards professional specialisation and aims to train up experts in animal-related work, from a global legal perspective, attending to the needs of a society that is becoming more and more aware of the legal implications of treating animals as sentient beings. The advantage of this online version of the programme over its classroom-based counterpart is that it can meet the increasing demand from students from abroad, or from other autonomous communities in Spain, who cannot change residence in order to take a classroom-based master's degree.

This master's is markedly interdisciplinary in nature and aspires to provide a well-rounded education by combining animal-related subject areas within law, ethology, nutrition, welfare, ethics, art and entertainment, organisation and social responsibility.

It also has a strong practical bias, as the aim is to produce professionals who can tackle the new challenges facing society with regard to animals. These professionals are given the theoretical and practical tools that today's interconnected society expects as it becomes more and more aware of the importance of treating animals well for the sake of sustainable development and community life.

2014-2015 will be the fifth year of the classroom-based version of this master's degree. In addition, the Graduate Diploma in Animals, Law and Society was run in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, and the Course on Animals, Law and Society has been running since 2013-2014, for 25 credits.

The main justification for the online master's degree is that it can meet the increasing demand from students from abroad who are unable to transfer to the UAB for a year.


Provide students with the theoretical and practical tools needed to become familiar with legal protection for animals, so that at the end of the course students have a total comprehension of how the law works in this new subject area; i.e. students learn how to acquire and apply the critical knowledge needed by anyone interested in working as a lawyer or a consultant to animal production industries, in veterinary clinics, training centres, local, regional and national corporations, non-profit organisations, international or governmental organisations, teaching or research.

Draw students' attention to the changing demands that today's increasingly globalised society is making on the Law in response to the changes taking place in the treatment of animals.

Make students aware of what the problems are in practice, what solutions the Law provides, and what prospects for change and improvement there could be in the field of animal welfare.

Give support to new research types and resources, which are needed by professionals who will bridge the gap between the university and today's society.

Apply the knowledge obtained to new or less developed multidisciplinary contexts.

Access requirements

- Degree or diploma holders in any discipline (preferably in Law, Humanities, Philosophy, Veterinary Medicine, History, Communication Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Education).

Student profile:
- People working, volunteering or with an interest in animal associations, centres or protection organisations.
- Local, autonomous and central government employees; named positions in the abovementioned administrations.
- Security force employees.

Career opportunities

- Expert in local, national or international government agencies, private companies, schools or the Media.
- Lawyer, judge or other legal practitioner specialising in a particular branch of animal law.
- Consultancy services for local and national authorities, veterinary centres, schools, refuges, animal welfare organisations, or the police.
- Designing tools to support a particular animal welfare project.
- Specialist working in local and national authorities.
- Manager appointed by the above.
- Specialist consultant in zoos, experimental facilities, industry, entertainment or communication.
- Provision of high-quality services and specialist expertise to meet the new needs that are arising as animals' legal status is better clarified and recognised by society.
- Training to teach animal law and society in higher education or in other areas.


Margarita Barrera Asensio

Phone: 935811167



UAB-specific Master's Degree

6 Edition
Places: 40
Orientation: Professional
Code: 3340/7
Price: 4020 ¤
Special price: 3618¤
Group of application:

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Modality: Online
Dates: from 01/02/2021 to 10/11/2021
Teaching language:
English (50%), Spanish (50%)
Coordinating centres:
Departamento de Derecho Público y Ciencias Histórico-Jurídicas
Title obtained:
Master in Animal Law and Society

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