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BSc (Hons)

Animal Production Science

Year of entry

UCAS code

Institution code: H12


4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2020


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

Typical offer

104 - 120 UCAS points

The course

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.

Entry requirements for 2020

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Work placement

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.

Teaching and learning

What you study

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.


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.

97% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2018)


For course related enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000
Email: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk


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