School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences

Nottingham Trent University

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University is one of the leading centres in the UK for animal and environmental sciences.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses and college-level courses (Level three BTECs).

We’re based on Brackenhurst campus, just 14 miles outside Nottingham. A dedicated 200-hectare farm and woodland estate, it provides the perfect outdoor classroom. The rural campus has offered specialist courses for more than 50 years.

We’ve invested over £20 million in facilities at Brackenhurst campus, creating the perfect specialist learning environment for our courses. These include an animal unit, equestrian centre, modern glasshouses, veterinary nursing centre and a brand new library.

All our courses are practical and informed by industry experts. You’ll graduate with the latest knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your chosen field.

Discover life at NTU for yourself at one of our open days. During the day you'll be able to take a guided tour of the campus and facilities, visit accommodation, speak to staff and current students, and find out more about your course.

Find out more about how we can help you turn your passion into a career on our website.


At Brackenhurst campus we are very proud of our modern and stylish accommodation which is just a few metres away from classrooms, laboratories, cafe and library. You can choose to live in an over-19 flat if you are a mature student or share with other 18 year olds if you have just left college. There is a bus stop right outside the campus which takes you straight into Nottingham city and the picturesque town of Southwell is just a 15 minute walk away.

If you don't want to live on campus we have a wide choice of accommodation in the City centre, if you prefer to commute to lectures.

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Check out our accommodation guide where you can find useful information about our facilities and services.

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Student Reviews

Emily Ash, BSc Zoo Biology

“The opportunities on this course are amazing and each module has been carefully thought out in order to prepare each and every student for a career in the industry. You will learn some really important life lessons. The lecturers are also really supportive and have so much experience in so many different areas.

“The Zoo Conference was a particular highlight and an incredible opportunity to be able to listen to how graduates have become successful and to meet people within the zoo industry such as Geoff Hosey. It was also a great way to network with people as that is a really useful way to start your career in the zoo industry.

“I had a huge amount of support from the employability team who have been so helpful over the last few months in helping me obtain a year-long placement at Blackpool Zoo.

“University really is a life changing experience and you really do find out who you are as a person when you’re here. If you throw yourself head first into every opportunity and make the most of every experience then you will thoroughly enjoy your time at NTU. You will learn some true life lessons but they will prepare you for real life outside of university. Just embrace every opportunity that you have while you’re here because three years go by a lot faster than you think!”

Wilmie Burton, MSc Biodiversity Conservation

“One of the key things that drew me to the MSc Biodiversity Conservation is the fact that it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It also ticked all the right boxes for the skills and knowledge that employers want to see.

“The course has some more technical modules such as GIS, and in-the-field modules which I enjoyed as my BSc degree contained a lot of  theory and lab work.

“The class size is a lot smaller than in the other universities that I know, so you get more opportunity for discussion and better teaching quality in lectures and seminars.

“Because CIEEM have been involved in the composition of the course and they are a leading body in the ecology and environmental work place, so having their name on my CV will make it stand out straight away.

“Doing the course also allows you to become an automatic student member of the CIEEM which is really a foot in the door. It means you get access to lots of extremely useful information and free or discounted training and networking opportunities.”

Katie Islip, BTEC Animal Management

“Completing the BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management formed invaluable foundations for my future. Studying the course inspired me to progress with my education within the animal science field and gain vital practical experience.

"After finishing the BTEC Extended Diploma I progressed on to a BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree at Brackenhurst and then went on to study PGDE post-compulsory education and a teacher training qualification. I am now completing an MSc in Ecology and Conservation.

"The courses I studied at Brackenhurst have enabled me to work successfully at ZSL London Zoo and both NTU and other local colleges as a lecturer. I would highly recommend this course as a strong foundation for prospective students aiming to work within the animal sector.”