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How you'll learn

Gain practical knowledge and skills through a mix of theory and hands-on experience. With studies covering farm, companion and captive animals, you can learn about the area of animal science that fascinates you most.

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 that you'll meet the industry's expectations for highly qualified University of Reading graduates. 

You will also have the flexibility to tailor your course to match your interests. We have a wide range of optional modules that will help you shape and specialise your studies.

“There is not a chance that I would be where I am today without my BSc Animal Science degree. I have made valuable connections with both academics and industry thanks to the diversity of the course, which has enabled me to become a rounded, independent researcher. Studying at Reading has provided me with countless opportunities that have been crucial in my career development, so much so that I returned immediately after graduation for a PhD.”

Alexandra Tonks, BSc Animal Science

Practical experience and research

You will put your theoretical studies into practice with a variety of animal and laboratory-based work.

The University has an excellent reputation for research in animal science, and you'll work in our state-of-the-art research platforms for a number of productive animal species.

“My BSc Animal Science degree at Reading gave me a sound scientific understanding that has been essential in embarking on my veterinary medicine course. The animal-handling skills I gained from practical sessions during some of the modules at Reading improved my confidence and helped me decide a veterinary career was definitely the path for me.”

Fran Hoksbergen, BSc Animal Science

Diversity in your studies

You will cover the branches of biology relevant to understanding how animals function, including physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, nutrition and metabolism. You'll also cover applied sciences such as animal health, behaviour and welfare, and will have opportunities to learn about other branches of biology such as ecosystems and the agricultural sciences, so you'll understand how animals interact with the world we live in.

You will also have the opportunity to take modules from our Zoology and Biology Departments if you're interested in ecology, wildlife, conservation or biomedical-based sciences. You can also opt to take more agriculture-focused modules.

You will get a broad view of the animal science industry. Many of our lectures involve hands-on project work on our farms, so you'll get an insight into cutting-edge animal production and animal science research, and you'll be trained to use certain laboratory facilities.

“Lecturers are friendly and approachable, making studying at Reading really enjoyable.”

Luke Mills, BSc Animal Science

Put theory into practice

In addition to the access to animals, you'll have on our working farms and research facilities, you'll benefit from our collaborations with several local animal organisations that provide us with access to teaching resources. These include small animal collections, such as  small mammals, birds and exotics, as well as zoo species and horses, ensuring there are opportunities to put the theory you have learnt into practice.

Learn from industry experts

Our academics and researchers influence government policy, new innovation and product development.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 98% of our research was found to be of international standing, and we're a significant contributor to the University-wide Centres for Food Security, Climate Change, and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research.

We also work with other institutions, many of them overseas, to conduct research in more than 50 countries.

Because our staff are actively engaged in world-class research, they tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector. And when transferred to a teaching environment, our research excellence enables students to develop similarly excellent research skills that are highly regarded by employers. 


Consult the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development's module descriptions page to find out the detailed content of our modules.



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