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BSc and MSc projects

BSc and MSc projects

We have the following 12 month placements available, commencing August 2018.  Students who are currently in their second year of a relevant undergraduate science degree are welcome to apply - please note you can apply for ONE project only.

Placements are unfunded but successful applicants will be offered free, self-catered housing on-site which includes all utility bills (apart from telephone and WiFi).

If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide evidence of your ability. We require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no lower than 7.0 in reading and listening, no lower than 6.5 in speaking and no lower than 6.0 in writing.  Other English language qualifications may be accepted.

To apply please email your CV (no more than two sides of A4) and a covering letter (detailing why you would like to undertake the placement and the knowledge and skills that you can bring to the Institute) to indicate clearly in your letter the reference number of the project you are applying for
Closing date: 19 February 2018.

Interviews will be held in March 2018.  Successful candidates will be required to pass a security vetting process before commencing the placement.

Project Title Summary

Ref:  07/RW

Title:  Using behavioural analysis tools to quantify livestock behaviour in biosecure animal housing


Supervisor: David Selby;  Research Group: Animal Services

Studying high hazard animal pathogens, such as foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), requires specialised animal housing facilities. These must be fit to house livestock such as cattle and pigs, but also be constructed in such a way as to prevent release of pathogens into the environment. Behavioural analysis has been a powerful tool in optimizing the environment in which animals used in research are housed, as well as well as for early detection of disease [2]. There is relatively little information on livestock behaviour in a laboratory environment, with most available data generated within an on-farm setting [1] . The aim of this project will be to measure, and quantify, behaviours of livestock in a high containment environment and to contribute to a global network of organisations that carry out work of this nature. Full project details

Scientists at the Institute may offer projects for students undertaking relevant taught MSc courses.  The minimum time that we can consider for such research projects is 3 months although 6-12 months is preferential.  Placements are unfunded although we can offer accommodation in our Institute housing at a significantly reduced rate.

The Government is introducing a loan scheme for MSc students from the 2018-19 academic year. Eligibility is based on nationality, residency and age.  Full details can be found on 

If you require further information, please contact Dr Lynda Moore, Head of Academic Affairs & Training (

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