Animal Science

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Animal Science 2016/17

Recent changes in animal welfare laws in Britain have meant that there is now more control and regulation of all animal-based enterprises. This has resulted in a greater need for a scientific approach to animal management and welfare across all businesses that work with animals. These sectors require well-prepared animal scientists, able to apply their knowledge to emerging management issues.

This programme seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students and is intended for those aspiring to work in animal care, welfare or animal-based industry, from zoos and wildlife parks, to pet shops, veterinary situations, farms and wildlife conservation. Special consideration is given to scientific understanding of animal physiology and welfare. This programme also provides a vehicle for the development of a set of transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of animal care, welfare and management settings, and for further advanced study.

The first year consists of a set of compulsory modules covering introductory biology (from both the whole organism to the molecular level), environmental science and physical sciences to a level needed to underpin sound biological knowledge. The ethos of the programme is to integrate the sciences together, rather than treating them as separate subjects. There is also an emphasis on experimental science, so students learn a wide range of practical techniques, including microbiology and cell culture.

In Year 2, dedicated modules probe deeper into animal physiology, animal nutrition, developmental biology and animal behaviour and cognition. Core modules also include those that adopt a systems approach to biology with the emphasis on key aspects of employability (laboratory, computational biology and communications skills). Other options allow students to specialise in areas that interest them such as evolution and molecular biology.

In Year 3, core modules further examine the scientific background to animal health and welfare, animal pathology and ecology and conservation.

Students also have the option to pursue areas such as biological imaging, radiobiology and pollution effects. They also carry out a practical research project as part of a final year Individual Study. This programme is also available as a combined honours degree.

This programme provides opportunities for careers in key positions in a range of animal-based fields, including animal enterprise inspection, zoos, the pet trade, stables or kennels, veterinary practice management, wildlife conservation management and the pharmaceutical industry. Further training in, for example, veterinary nursing may be possible.

A significant number of our Animal Science graduates have made the transition to teaching careers at school and Further Education level and others have an excellent record of successful postgraduate study in a range of subject areas, including primate conservation and herpetology. The degree is also suitable for those wishing to work in the pet care industries, in microbiology and in agriculture.

Transferable skills developed by this programme are also highly valued in other non-scientific areas of industry, commerce and the media. These include time management, statistical and planning skills. The communication and presentation skills developed, coupled to an ability to think critically and analyse complex data sets, make our graduates highly employable.

We work very closely with local wildlife parks and zoos and a significant proportion of our students carry out their final year practical research on animal groups such as European wolves, lowland gorillas and leaf-eating monkeys, or endangered species being reared on captive breeding programmes, such as water voles, dormice and water shrews.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Core Science
  • Variety of Life
  • The Organism and Its Environment
  • Microbiology and Cell Culture

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • Starred Module

Year 2

Core:

  • Comm. & Analysis in Science
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Reproduction & Development
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Care and Behaviour

Optional modules:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Evolution
  • Earth as a Planetary System
  • The Hydrosphere in Europe
  • Starred Module

Year 3

Core:

  • Pests Parasites and Pathogens
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Individual Study

Optional modules:

  • Practical Ecology
  • Aspects of Pollution
  • Radiobiology
  • Biological imaging and Photography
  • Applied Biological Chemistry
  • Starred Module

Combined Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Core Science
  • Variety of Life

Year 2

Core:

  • Animal Care and Behaviour

Optional Modules:

  • Animal Care and Behaviour

Year 3

Core:

  • Animal Health and Welfare

Optional Modules:

  • Pests Parasites and Pathogens
  • Plant Responses to the Environment
  • Practical Ecology (Option for Majors only)
  • Aspects of Pollution
  • Radiobiology
  • Biological imaging and Photography (Option for Majors only)
  • Individual Study

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000*

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including lecture and discussion; laboratory practical; field course, student-led seminars; tutorials; individual oral presentations; group oral presentations; poster presentations; problem solving exercises, case studies and projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars.

Learning to apply these thinking skills is achieved by the use of case studies and especially through laboratory and field-based activities. This enables students to apply their classroom learning in more challenging environments and to appreciate general processes and relationships in practical and ‘real-world’ settings. Throughout their degree, students receive academic and personal support from their personal tutor as well as from Student Health and Wellbeing and Careers Development.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essay, calculation and problem solving exercises, practical write ups, portfolios, log books, group and/or individual work, group projects, oral presentations, assessed practical, laboratory work, graph drawing exercises, (group) poster presentation, computer based assessment, group presentation, data handling exercises, multiple choice questionnaire, seminar presentation, paper presentation, seminar papers, case study (involving the analysis of biological data) and audio or video presentation.

Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer based assessment), presentations and examination. Examinations provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to structure a clear, concise and reasoned argument and analyse an issue in a limited time period. The execution of an independent or special study allows them to demonstrate their thinking skills to the highest level.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • D300 Animal Science
  • D301 Animal Science (4 years with Foundation)

Length

  • 3 years (or 4 years with Foundation year) full-time

Entry requirements

Location

School

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93% of Animal Science graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

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