Applied Animal Science (Top Up) at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS

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Course summary

The Animal Science course provides a dynamic opportunity to learn the theory and practical aspects of animal biology. Animals are at the centre of current global challenges including food security, disease control, climate change and animal welfare. Animals provide food and clothing materials, perform duties in the workplace, play key roles in some leisure activities and as pets they provide us with companionship. The Applied Animal Science degree course at SRUC will give you an understanding of animals and how they function, grow, reproduce and behave. You will explore how we can use and interact with animals effectively whether as livestock, research, companion or wild animals without compromising their health and welfare or the health and sustainability of our ecosystems. SRUC Applied Animal Science graduates go on to pursue a wide range of careers including animal nutritionist, geneticist, laboratory technician, animal welfare officer, zookeeper, agriculture officer, technical representative for animal health products. The course utilised our extensive on campus facilities including a dairy herd, sheep flock, animal care centre and laboratory, in addition to off campus field trips. The top up degree (Years 3 and 4 only) is offered at the Barony campus. Those with a relevant HND or foundation degree can apply for entry into year 3. The 4 year degree course is offered at the Edinburgh campus.


Each academic year is split into two semesters and each semester you will undertake four modules in a range of subject areas including: physiology, health and disease breeding and genetics, behaviour and welfare, nutrition, ethics, and quantitative and research skills. Year 3 In year 3 you will study to a greater level of detail and are required to undertake more independent study. Modules such as Advanced research methods will develop your research and data analysis skills which will be invaluable in an animal science career or post-graduate study. It will also prepare you for your Honours research project in 4th year. Modules: Advanced research methods, Early Life Physiology, Wildlife and agriculture interactions, Animal welfare concepts, Developing a career with animals, Epidemiology, Strategic animal nutrition, Advanced physiology of growth and development Year 4 In your 4th year you will undertake an extensive piece of individual research, investigating a subject of your own choice. Your honours dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with supervisors from across SRUC, experts in their field actively conducting research or providing consultancy. Conducting your own research project allows you to develop a wealth of skills as well as building specialist knowledge, all of which will be relevant to your future employment or post-graduate study. Modules: Animal welfare assessment (Elective), Applied animal nutrition (Elective), Animals at the centre of global issues, Disease surveillance and control, Animal breeding and genetics, Animal and climate change.

Assessment method

Modules are assessed using a range of assessment methods to develop your academic skills as well as important transferrable skills for the workplace. Assessments will likely include: laboratory reports, practical investigations, case studies, essays, exams, scientific reports and reviews, oral presentations, posters, groupwork assignments, digital media, data handling, multiple-choice and short answer questions.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Successful completion of an HND qualification in a relevent subejct. Please contact the Admissions Team to discuss further.

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Applied Animal Science (Top Up) at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS