Welcome to the second episode in a three-part series of podcasts we like to call    “MASTERS OF SCIENCE (and Research)”. Here, Naturally Speaking’s James Burgon (@JamesBurgon) and Karen Hotopp (@KarenHotopp) are taking on the Institute’s three Masters courses one by one:

What are they? What do students learn? And what research do students conduct?

We continue this series with an in-depth look at the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law. Join us as we find out everything you need to know about the course from Dr Ruedi Nager, who coordinates it with Dr Dorothy McKeegan. Then we catch up with some of our previous year’s Masters students. Get ready for a diverse crew, with accents from across Europe and North America, and projects ranging from the impact of assisted births on dairy calves to chimpanzee rehabilitation.

Episode 34: Masters of Science—Time to get ethical

Captive African Lion. Lassi Kurkijärvi [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr.

Captive African Lion. Lassi Kurkijärvi [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr.

(Note: In this episode  James and Karen call this course “MSc in Ethics, Welfare and Law”, the actual title is “MSc Welfare Science, Ethics and Law”. We hope this does not cause confusion and apologise for the mistake.)

Featured students: Myriam vander Zwalmen; Katja Isaksen; Emma Strazhnik; John Braid; Kirsten van Doorn; Ramon Philippeth; and Whitney Kent.

Make sure to check out Part 1 of our “MASTERS OF SCIENCE (and Research)” podcast series, in which we focus on our MSc in Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology. Also, keep your eyes open for Part 3 in January, where we will delve into our Master programmes for a final time to look at our MRes. Ecology & Environmental Biology.

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Intro and outro music sampled from: “The Curtain Rises” and “Early RiserKevin MacLeod [CC BY 3.0]

Posted by The Naturally Speaking Editors

A science pod-yssey and regular blog-yssey from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow


  1. […] We’ve produced a special feature series on our master’s programmes in Quantitative Biology and Animal Welfare as well as a brand new blog, Behind the SCENE. We’ve also touched upon current topics in […]



  2. […] we focus on our MSc. in Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology and in Part 2 we look at the MSc. Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & […]



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