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Life as an undergraduate

When you join the Department of Animal Sciences, part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, you become part of a thriving community of students and staff from over 80 different countries, with varied interests and ambitions.

From the warm welcome you will receive during Welcome Week, to the goodbye ceremony at graduation, we want you to make the most of your time with us.

You will have the opportunity to make friends and interact with students across a varied range of degree subjects, not only in your teaching sessions, tutorials and on visits, but also while relaxing in our friendly common room.

Students can also join our regular Department of Animal Sciences seminars, hearing from research active academics and guests about their latest research.

Most of our first-year students have accommodation in halls on or around campus, and many social activities revolve around hall events. You will be encouraged to participate in everything the University has to offer, including joining clubs and societies, sitting on School committees, acting as student ambassador on Open Days, and making use of the extensive sports facilities on campus.

We hope you will leave us with a degree that you worked hard for, and with lifelong friendships and lasting memories of your time here.

The wider university experience was key to my decision to study at the University of Reading. The University has a great hockey team with lots of opportunity for me to continue playing throughout my studies. Having a campus-based University where everything – the halls, Agriculture Building, other departments and sports facilities close by was also really important.

George Adams, undergraduate in the School

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Undergraduate courses

Our BSc Animal Science degree focuses on domestic and captive animals, their biology, and the science behind how humans manage them to ensure they thrive in our society. We also offer the course with a Foundation or Placement Year.
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Why study with us?

Benefit from our links with the animal science community including the British Society of Animal Science, and our excellent large animal research facilities. Gain the skills you need for a career in animal health, nutrition, welfare or research.

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How you'll study

Gain practical knowledge and skills through a mix of theory and hands-on experience. You'll visit our working farms and local animal-related organisations as part of your studies.