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Course summary

Gain the expertise to succeed in an animal-related career with our BSc Bioveterinary Sciences degree. Bioveterinary scientists play a vital role in the challenges facing our society:

  • contributing to sustainability and food security by ensuring the optimal health, welfare and management of farmed animals
  • applying scientific approaches to the management of the health, welfare and behaviour of domestic and captive animal populations
  • engaging in research at the interface of animal biology, veterinary science and animal management
At Reading, you’ll develop the specialist knowledge, research expertise, and laboratory skills to tackle these global challenges. You’ll gain a solid grounding in biosciences and an understanding of animal function from molecular to whole-animal level. Your studies will cover:
  • cell biology
  • biochemistry
  • physiology of body systems
  • health, welfare, and behaviour sciences
  • nutritional sciences
You will learn how to apply this knowledge in the management of animal health and welfare in a range of settings, including farms, zoos, and domestic households. You’ll also gain vital transferable skills – including team-working, problem-solving, data-handling and statistical analysis skills – which are highly regarded and sought after by employers. Placement Year This four-year course includes an integrated placement year between your second and final year, enabling you to gain in-depth insight into the animal or veterinary industries. We have a dedicated placements team who can provide advice and support in finding a suitable placement, as well as developing your CV and interview skills. You’ll benefit from our links with the animal and bioveterinary science community, including leading organisations and companies in the sector. Past students have undertaken placements at Danisco Animal Nutrition (DuPont), Paignton, Chester and Jersey Zoos, and the RSPCA.


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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBD including grade B in both Biology and 1 other science (Chemistry preferred).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27650 Year 1
International £27650 Year 1

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Bioveterinary Sciences with Placement Year at University of Reading - UCAS