Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience.
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)*
104 - 120 UCAS points for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.
This four-year course aims to provide students with an understanding of recent developments in animal science, the underlying scientific principles, and how these can be applied to animal production systems.
This is a strongly science-based course, combining the study of pure and applied sciences as they relate to farm animals. It is ideal for those who enjoy studying science and how scientific principles can be used to prevent disease and improve the health and welfare of farm animals, and who want to learn more about the biology of farm animals and how food animals are produced on farms.
There is a good proportion of laboratory work, although not ‘animal experimentation’ in its sensationalist form. The course also includes some study of how modern technologies can be used to maintain and improve health.
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.
There are a wide range of career opportunities available to Animal Production Science graduates in animal nutrition, animal health, advisory roles and technical sales. Your in-depth knowledge of farm animal health and production systems will qualify you for careers such as animal health and welfare inspector for a local authority or Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Or you may choose to work in the animal feed industry developing new diets or in an animal health company, for instance. Some students prefer to use their skills as enterprise managers, or to go on to postgraduate study.
Use the drop-down tool to select the qualifications you have or are working towards to see what grades would be required for access to this programme. If you can’t see your qualification or would like any assistance with entry requirements, telephone the admissions team on 01952 815000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a form to enable them to contact you.
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Optional modules are indicative and may be subject to change.
The degree will give you a good understanding of how animals’ bodies work, what is needed to maintain health and what happens in the case of disease. The degree is a farm animal-based course but some core modules consider other species. There are also opportunities to choose some modules which relate to business and companion animals. This allows you to specialise or gives you the flexibility to study over a wide area. An Honours Research Project in your final year gives you the opportunity to conduct research into an area in which you are particularly interested.
* During the Covid-19 Pandemic the University is delivering blended learning. Government guidance is being constantly reviewed to establish the learning events which can be delivered face to face. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for further details.
Placement is an important part of the course, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice. In the past students have worked for ancillary industries such as animal feed manufacturers, research organisations, quality assurance companies, and animal health companies, as well as livestock enterprises. This period is supervised by Harper Adams and we will help you to find a placement that suits your career ambitions. The skills, contacts, confidence and knowledge students develop during the placement year are highly valued by employers.
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