Master Online

If you are thinking of developing your professional career in the world of animals, the UAB offers the only Masters program in Europe in Animal Law and Society. Innovative and practical, the program is meant to mould professionals at the highest international level, with specific knowledge and administrative capabilities and with a global vision of the needs of a growing sector.

If you care about animals, make them your profession. If you work with animals, improve your education.

T. Giménez-Candela, Directora del ICALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy).


7th Edition

Modality: Online

Places: 40


Credits: 60 ECTS

Code: 3340/6

Price: 4020 €


Facultad de Derecho, Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)


from 01/02/2021 to 10/11/2021

Teaching language

Castellano (50%), Inglés (50%)

Coordinating centre

ICALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy)

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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.




Tirant formación


  • Provide students with the theoretical and practical tools needed to be familiar with legal measures taken in relation to animal protection, so that at the end of the course students have a total comprehension of how laws work in this specific and novel material; i.e. how to acquire and apply critical knowledge for 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-governmental organisations; international or governmental organisations; and in teaching or research tasks.
  • Approach subjects from a dynamic perspective to make students aware of the challenges posed by an increasingly globalised society which demands legal answers to the changes produced by animal rights movements.
  • Make students aware of the problems and legal proposals offered and what perspectives of change and improvement could be proposed in the field of animal welfare.
  • Give support to new media channels and research means for professionals acting as liaisons between the university and society.
  • Apply the knowledge obtained to new or less developed environments found with 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
  • Experts in international, governmental, national and local agencies, private companies and industries, education centres and the media. 
  • Specialisation in animal law as a judge, lawyer, or other legal operator in different branches of application.
  • Consultant to companies and local, regional or national organisations, veterinary centres, education centres, animal shelters, protection organisations, security forces. 
  • Preparing the tools necessary to give support to individual projects aimed at improving animal welfare.
  • Positions in local, regional and national administration bodies.
  • Expert consultant in zoos and experimentation, production, entertainment and communication centres.
  • Implementation of expert, quality projects which can assume the new requirements derived from greater knowledge of the legal status of animals and the social recognition of that status. 
  • Preparation for teaching animal law and society on academic and basic levels.

Marga Barrera

Telephone: +34 93 581 11 67


Monday/Friday: 08.30-14:00h

Wednesday: 08:30-14:00h i 15:00-16:00h

Tuesday /Thursday : 10:30-14:00h i 15:00-19:00h

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Dep. Derecho Público y Ciencias Historicojurídicas

Edificio B - Despacho B2/-164

08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) 

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