Choosing to do an animal science honours has allowed me to study deeper into animal anatomy and behaviour which will be beneficial for my future plans in becoming a veterinary nurse.

Maddie, Animal Science student

    Overview

    If you are passionate about animal welfare, health and behaviour, this will provide you with a gateway to life-long learning about issues that will really matter to our shared future.

    You will have the opportunity to take advantage of industrial collaborations with specialist research-based companies, including animal breeding and research companies, through the Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park, Sandwich.

    Why study Animal Science?

    Animal-based enterprises operate in a tightly regulated environment and require well trained, knowledgeable professionals with knowledge of animal welfare, health, and behaviour. On the course you will develop a detailed knowledge of animal husbandry, genetics, molecular biology, and biochemical and physiological processes, and have the opportunity to interact and work with a range of employers in the field.

    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 can apply their knowledge to emerging management issues.

      All about the course

      You will learn about animal genetics, breeding, diseases, behaviour 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.

      Throughout the course, you'll be challenged to apply your thinking to different scientific issues and undertake field studies (including a residential field trip) to study animals in captivity and in their natural environment. There is a strong emphasis on practical work in our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratories. Over three years you will develop the skills to collect and analyse scientific data independently as you research topics of your own choice, often with specific employment goals in mind.

      As well as developing essential scientific knowledge and skills, you'll explore animal biochemistry, physiology, genetics and welfare in depth, investigate the diversity of life, animal pests and diseases, such as cancer, and study animal reproduction and development in detail.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      104-112
      UCAS Points

      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 blended learning with workshops, laboratory practicals and seminars.

      Workshops will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor at least once each semester, but you are encouraged to arrange additional meetings as required.

      You will use industry-standard software as well as have access to specialist facilities and equipment throughout your course.

      In year 3, you will conduct an independent research project that can cater to your particular interests and skills development. You will be supervised by a member of our academic team and guided in undertaking independent research, data analysis and presentation of your results. Depending on the topic of your project, you may also have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry partner on an industry-relevant research project.

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

      When not attending workshops, practical sessions or other timetabled activities you will continue learning through self-study that will be structured for you by the module leader for each module. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, engaging with online learning materials (videos, quizzes etc.), undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Honours Project module in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of our academic team, with support of other members of the teaching team where necessary. You will also meet with your supervisor regularly.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. They are research-active and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

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

      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

      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. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is also a formal or 'summative' assessment element for each of the modules. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments, such as laboratory reports, literature reviews, skills assessments, presentations and your final year major project. Some modules also have a formally assessed exam. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      Typically, there will be two coursework assessments weighted at 50% and 40% and a practical skills portfolio weighted at 10%. Some modules will have an exam that replaces the 50% piece of coursework.

      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 leader or personal academic tutor.

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      The course will make you a skilled animal scientist who is ideally prepared for work in areas such as zoos and wildlife parks, veterinary situations, farms, research laboratories and wildlife conservation. To help prepare you for employment, you'll also develop broad transferable skills so that you become a work-ready graduate, set for a careers in a wide range of animal care, welfare and management settings, and for further advanced study at MSc or PhD level.

      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 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

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

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      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.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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      Duration:

      3 years

      UCAS code:

      C300

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
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