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Course summary

Why should you apply to study this course? 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.


Assessment method

A wide range of assessment methods are used. Depending on the module these include examination, assignments, practical spot-tests and presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For full entry requirements, including details of all other qualifications accepted, please see our website An understanding of a biological science based subject, for example Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science or Physical Education would be preferable. We would welcome applications from candidates offering other evidence of their suitability for this programme. The University is happy to consider applications from those who are studying mixed qualifications, such as combinations of BTECs and A levels. Due to the numerous combinations available it is impossible to state the entry requirements for these, but applicants can expect to receive offers with comparable grades to those without mixed qualifications. For advice please contact the Admissions Team. The University is committed to bringing fresh talent to the industries we serve and has developed a range of initiatives to give everyone the best chance to access our undergraduate programmes. Known as 'Access to Harper' our contextualised offer scheme recognises difficulties that some applicants may face and provides those applicants with an offer lower than our standard requirements. Further details can be found at

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Additional entry requirements


Interviews will take place on an ad-hoc basis should the Course Manager wish to discuss any aspect of your application and for all potentially suitable applicants who require visa sponsorship.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £13250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

This 4 year course consists of 3 years on campus at a cost of £9250 per year with a placement in year 3 which costs £1850 (Fees for International students are £13,250 per year with a placement in year 3 which costs £3,500)
Applied Animal Science (with placement) at Harper Adams University - UCAS