Course structure

HorseThe degree is based around a number of core modules, with other optional modules selected under guidance from your Personal Tutor and Programme Director. Our aim is to provide essential animal science knowledge and to build on a number of key scientific skills and techniques, yet still provide you with a flexible programme by offering optional modules through which you can explore your own interests.

In year 1 of the degree, you will study a range of core modules designed to provide a broad-based understanding of Animal Science in its wider biological context, including:

  • The Building Blocks of Life
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Digestion and Nutrition
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Animal Science in Practice 1

Year 1 optional modules may include:

  • Introduction to Livestock Production
  • Mammals: Diversity, Behaviour and Conservation
  • Introduction to Management
  • Ecology and Behaviour

In year 2 of the degree, again you will study a range of core modules including:

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Animal Growth, Lactation and Reproduction
  • Experimentation and Data Analysis
  • Animal Science in Practice 2

Year 2 optional modules may include:

  • Small Animal Management
  • Animal Production
  • Cells and Immunity
  • Endocrinology
  • Nature Conservation

In your third year, the core components include:

Dissertation Research Project

Animal Welfare

Third year optional modules may include:

  • Equine Science/Equine Science and Management
  • Canine and Feline Science
  • Practical Animal Nutrition
  • Conservation Biology
  • Meat Production
  • Dairy Production
  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Wildlife and Farming
  • Wildlife Diseases
  • Captive Animal Management

Students can with the agreement of the Programme Director and subject to timetabling constraints and fulfilment of prerequisite requirements, select other suitable modules from across the University. There is also the option to learn a language through the Institution Wide Language Programme.

Placement Year

In between Years 2 and 3 you may choose to undertake a placement year in the animal science industry. Recent companies/organisations where students have undertaken placements include Danisco Animal Nutrition (part of DuPont), The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Chester and Paignton Zoos.

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