University of Nottingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Science

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Course summary

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This integrated masters course advances your skills in animal science research. You'll study how to write research proposals and how to communicate your research to a wider audience. You'll develop your project management skills and your grasp of analytical techniques. All of these are essential if you decide you'd like a research career. Our practical animal science course focuses on the health and care of managed animals. We cover livestock, conservation and lab animals. You'll develop your scientific knowledge and use our labs to apply this in practice. Field trips to local farms and Twycross Zoo help to put your learning into context through real life examples. Teaching is based at Sutton Bonington Campus which has a 450 hectare farm. You'll gain practical animal handling experience and use our Farm Demonstration Centre. The Centre for Dairy Science Innovation is also on-campus. These facilities offer the latest research technologies. This means that you'll learn from academics working on internationally renowned research. As you progress through the course you can choose to specialise in different areas:

  • Bioveterinary Science - examine the science behind animal health and disease
  • Physiology and Biotechnology - study animal structure and function including stem cell and developmental biology
  • Livestock Production - investigate how to improve farm animal nutrition and productivity
  • Ecology and Conservation - understand the management and welfare of zoo and captive animals
Throughout your degree you can choose from a range of additional options. You can apply to do these when you get here:
  • Industry placement - you can add a year in industry between years two and three
  • Study abroad - options include Australia, Canada, or Europe
  • Computer Science year - use algorithms to analyse complex data and apply this to your course

Course details


During year one, you'll study core modules to ensure everyone has the same level of science knowledge. You'll cover biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and nutrition. There is a mixture of teaching with large group lectures, small group tutorials, and practical sessions. In years two and three, you get to choose your specialist option. You can choose any optional modules regardless of your option. The third year project uses your skills to work on a piece of original research. You'll be supervised and mentored by our academic researchers. You can study livestock, companion or zoo animals. Some projects involve the University Farm and Dairy Centre. You can work also on projects offsite, for example at Twycross Zoo. The additional fourth year enables you to graduate with an integrated masters level qualification. You'll carry out an independent piece of research, and have modules to support this. You'll develop further skills in the coordination and communication of research projects.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall, including 75% or 7.5 in biology. GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4) and Mathematics grade C (numeric grade 4)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £25000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £25000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Animal Science at University of Nottingham - UCAS