Christ Church will always have a special place in my heart as it has given me the opportunity to gain experience and skills which have enabled me to achieve more than I ever thought.

Konstantinos, Animal Science student

Overview

If you are passionate about animal welfare, health and behaviour, this course will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed for you to do well in the animal industry.

You will learn about animal genetics, breeding, diseases and more, and will have the opportunity to work with a range of employers in the field by taking advantage of the University’s Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park.

 

Why study Animal Science?

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 who are able to apply their knowledge to emerging management issues.

If you are passionate about a career in this important sector, our course will help you develop as a highly practical and knowledgeable animal scientist who is skilled to work in areas such as zoos and wildlife parks, pet shops, veterinary situations, farms and wildlife conservation.

Throughout the course, you'll be challenged to apply your thinking to different scientific issues and you'll have the exciting opportunity to take part in a five-day field trip studying animal behaviour.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would require between 88-112 UCAS tariff points. Of which 32 UCAS tariff points or equivalent (e.g. A level grade C or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma grade Merit) are in a science subject, for example, biology, chemistry.

More information about entry requirements.

88-112
UCAS Points

All about the course

You'll study animals in natural and man-made environments and you'll spend time in the labs learning a wide range of practical techniques related to microbiology and molecular biology.

In Year 1, you'll gain a solid grounding in introductory biology, diversity of life, genetics and evolution, animals in the environment and biochemistry and scientific skills.

As you progress to Years 2 and 3, you'll study in more depth modules related to animal physiology, animal disease, developmental biology and animal behaviour. In the final year, you'll carry out a practical research project, which could be out in the field, at a zoo or wildlife park or in the laboratory.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a placement module and gain valuable experience to help build your CV. 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, field trips, visits to employers, seminars, guest speaker lectures and practical workshops. You'll also benefit from tutorial sessions where you can discuss your work and progress with an individual personal tutor, and small group seminars focusing on specific topics. 

The course is designed to support you in becoming a confident, independent learner and some of your learning will be through experimentation and observation.

In the first year, two thirds of each module are delivered as practical experimentation either in laboratories, IT labs or in the field. These sessions are supplemented by lectures, and seminars/workshops where you feedback from your structured independent study.

In the second year, you'll continue laboratory and field based experimentation and you'll start analysing published research.

In the final year the teaching will move into student-led workshops where you'll discuss published research papers.

All teaching material is posted on the virtual learning environment.

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module director will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class through the virtual learning environment.

For the 40 credit individual study in your final year, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the teaching team who you will meet with regularly. 

Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study which includes formal contact (lectures, practicals, tutorials, workshops), structured independent learning (prescribed reading and/or online exercises) and independent learning.

Each module in Year 1 has 60 hours of formal contact, supplemented with 40 hours of structured independent learning. As you develop and become more independent, formal contact and structured learning reduces to 50 hours of contact and 30 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 2 and 40 hours of contact and 20 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 3. 

The team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

All our core team members hold doctoral qualifications and most hold or are working toward postgraduate teaching qualifications. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team web page. 

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars. 

You should note that members of the teaching team might change. 

Animal industries need talented, enthusiastic graduates that understand the working of animals from the biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, genetics, behaviour, health, disease and husbandry which can lead to a whole range of exciting careers.

Dr Carol TrimSenior Lecturer in Biology

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment is by both coursework and examination. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each year you will be set formative assignments to go through with your tutor. There will also be 'formative' assessment within some of the modules. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. 

There are also formal or 'summative' assessments. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year individual study project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. 

Coursework assessments permit you to develop key scientific and transferable skills and assignments include scientific lab/logbooks, written reports, written scientific papers, discursive essays, PowerPoint presentations and poster presentations. There is a maximum of two assessments per 20 credit module studied.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.

60% coursework
40% written exams

Your future career

This course provides opportunities for careers in key positions in a range of animal-based fields, including zoos, the pet trade, stables or kennels, veterinary practice management, wildlife conservation management and the pharmaceutical industry. Some graduates have become teachers and others have gone on to postgraduate study.

Transferable skills developed on this course are valuable in other non-scientific areas of industry, commerce and the media. These include time management, statistical and planning skills, communication and presentation skills, and an ability to think critically.

The welcoming atmosphere made me settle in straight away, with supportive supervisors guiding me to succeed in my studies. There are also many opportunities to work and gain experience alongside your studies which help you gain the valuable skills employers are looking for.

LukeNow studying for a Master’s degree

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Industry Links

The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent was launched in March 2016. Discovery Park is a fabulous site with well over 100 companies now based there, many of which are active in the science sector.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

C300

Location(s):

Canterbury
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