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    BSc (Hons)Applied Animal Science

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    Course overview

    If you have an interest in animal biology and how we can apply scientific principles to make our interactions with animals more sustainable and welfare-friendly, then this is the course for you. 

    What will this degree entail?

    The aim of this course is to give you knowledge of animal science and how this can be applied in evidence-based management of animals under human care. This course will blend theoretical knowledge with a range of practical and laboratory-based skills. You will cover physiology, nutrition, genetics, animal behaviour, animal welfare, animal husbandry and management. In addition, the course will provide you with a global understanding of societies’ interactions with animals and an introduction to business management of relevance to working within animal-related industries.? 

    This course will offer you the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to suit your own interests through the choice of one of our four specialised themes:  

    • Farmed animal science – focusing on the biological disciplines of farmed animals from the molecular to the whole animal level to optimise health, welfare, productivity and management. 
    • Small animal science – focusing on the application of scientific knowledge that underpins industry services to ensure high-quality health, welfare and management of small animal species (from traditional pets to the more exotic) in a range of roles (in the home, animals in sport, assistance animals etc.).
    • Zoo animal science – focusing on the science of zoo animal management, including an understanding of zoo operations and management and welfare of exotic species housed in zoological collections (including traditional zoos, aquariums and safari parks) around the world.
    • Equine science – focusing on the science behind the biology, behaviour and welfare needs of horses and exploring management practices used and businesses that are part of the equine industry both nationally and internationally. 

    As with other Harper Adams University degrees, a key feature of this course is a placement year where you will get an opportunity to work in industry, enabling you to put knowledge into practice, develop your network and discover your future ambitions. In your final year, you will build on this experience and conduct a specialist research project.

    Course key info

    Animal science overview  ❯

    UCAS code D301

    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.


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    Entry requirements for 2024

    Our typical offer

    96 - 104 UCAS points (from A2 exams only) for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.

    Full requirements

    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, please contact the Admissions team:

    Course modules

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