Explore the fascinating animal kingdom and the scientific principles this that underpin this important and wide-ranging subject area. Core scientific study is supported by practical animal handling in our specialist unit.
What you'll study
Gain a broad understanding of animal structure and function across a range of species.
Successfully manage animal collections and develop practical handling skills across a range of species.
Study patterns of behaviour and the reasons why animals behave as they do in managed housing systems. This module encompasses the application of behavioural science to
Understand key biological and chemical principles of relevance to Animal Science including growth, nutrition, reproduction and animal health and welfare. You will also develop a range of practical laboratory skills necessary to underpin your future studies.
An introduction to the study of animal life. You will study topics including evolution, species diversity, biodiversity and ecology.
Enhance transferable and professional development skills which are essential to your academic growth. You will undertake work experience and continuing professional development (CPD) hours, and receive guidance on writing CVs and covering letters.
Learn the principles of animal health and disease. The module covers a range of pathogenic organisms and looks at a variety of common diseases, their symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Study reproductive physiology, the principles of inheritance, and the application of these principles in animal breeding programmes.
Explore the way in which animals behave in relation to their environment. Learn and
understand key areas of mammalian physiology and pharmacology, and how this
relates to behaviour.
Develop awareness of the ethical issues involved in Animal Science and the alternative values and beliefs across a range of cultures and societies.
Explore the principles of scientific investigation in relation to Animal Science. Topics covered include experimental design, data generation and collection, and data analysis. Teaching is supported in the laboratories and Animal Unit.
Study the principles of nutrient metabolism and the importance of enzymes.
This is a placement year for students on the four-year course.
Study how nutrition impacts upon health and reproduction in a variety of settings, including farm animal production and companion animal welfare.
Learn the principles and techniques of molecular genetics and consider how that knowledge is applied to animal selection and breeding. You will also develop practical laboratory skills.
Study the physiological challenges presented by different environments and the adaptations that enable animals to overcome them.
Explore all facets of human-animal interaction, including animal-assisted interventions, the role of animals in society, and the human-animal bond.
You will undertake an independent research project. This is an opportunity to take an indepth
look at a subject of personal interest to you within the field of Animal Biology.