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At Reading we focus on domestic and captive animals, their biology, and the science behind how humans manage them to ensure they thrive in our society.

This includes the study of their physiology, reproduction, nutrition, environment and behaviour and how these may be optimised to improve animal productivity, health and welfare.

View our undergraduate Animal Sciences brochure (PDF, 896 KB)

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Our courses

The Department of Animal Sciences is part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, which is made up of five academic departments. Our departments work collaboratively to deliver teaching and research across the School.

BSc Animal Science

Based on our Whiteknights campus and with visits to our working farms and animal-related organisations in the local area, your degree will be built on a foundation of core modules that ensure you'll meet the industry's expectations for highly qualified University of Reading graduates.

Our flexible degrees give you a sound grounding in the biosciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, physiology and the nutritional sciences, while enabling you to apply this knowledge to areas of interest, such as: livestock production, canine, feline and equine science, small animal management, zoo animal management and conservation.

BSc Agriculture

Our broad-based BSc Agriculture course covers everything that impacts production in the supply chain while considering global goals relating to sustainability.

The course is taught by the Departments of Crop Science, Animal Sciences, Agri-Food Economics and Marketing, and Sustainable Land Management in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development.

Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduates. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. They may also be eligible for grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Undergraduate fees and funding

Careers

Our animal science programme is ideal if you're interested in a career in animal health, welfare, nutrition or research. Studying animal science gives you a wide range of options for working with animals, but it also gives you many transferable skills that are highly desirable with employers in any sector.

Many of our graduates have taken up posts in research, advisory and managerial services at commercial firms concerned with animal nutrition and health, and with commercial firms in allied areas such as the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries.

In addition, many Reading graduates go on to higher-level study such as master's programmes in specialist fields like conservation science or nutrition, or a PhD in Animal Sciences. Others have gained places to study veterinary medicine and science.

Careers support

Our animal science programme offers great employability and careers support. We're proud to equip our graduates with the skills needed to gain top industry jobs, and we offer focused careers advice and networking opportunities.

You will complete a career planning module to develop skills for effective career decision-making and there are plenty of opportunities to build vital experience and skills from volunteering activities through the Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award.

During our regular careers fairs, you'll have the opportunity to establish good contacts among potential employers, and we provide you with advice on CV writing and job application strategies to increase the chances of getting the job you want. In fact, many of our students graduate having already received job offers.

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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.
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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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Life in the Department

Join our friendly, research-active department to take part in seminars, where you'll hear from our community of staff, PhD researchers and guest speakers at the forefront of the discipline.