Undergraduate Course

Animal Biology

School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Course Options
  • BSc (Hons)Full-timeSeptember3 yearsGBP 12900 year
  • BSc (Hons)SandwichSeptember4 yearsGBP 12900 year
Course Information

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

Year One

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Gain a broad understanding of animal structure and function across a range of species.

  • Animal Management

Successfully manage animal collections and develop practical handling skills across a range of species.

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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

  • Principles of Animal Science

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.

  • Introduction to Zoology

An introduction to the study of animal life. You will study topics including evolution, species diversity, biodiversity and ecology.

  • Professional Development

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.

Year Two

  • Animal Health and Disease

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.

  • Animal Reproduction and Breeding

Study reproductive physiology, the principles of inheritance, and the application of these principles in animal breeding programmes.

  • Biological Basis of Behaviour

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.

  • Contemporary Issues in Animal Science

Develop awareness of the ethical issues involved in Animal Science and the alternative values and beliefs across a range of cultures and societies.

  • Research Skills

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.

  • Nutritional Biochemistry

Study the principles of nutrient metabolism and the importance of enzymes.

Year Three

This is a placement year for students on the four-year course.

Year Four

  • Applied Animal Nutrition

Study how nutrition impacts upon health and reproduction in a variety of settings, including farm animal production and companion animal welfare.

  • Animal Genetics

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.

  • Adaptive Physiology

Study the physiological challenges presented by different environments and the adaptations that enable animals to overcome them.

  • Anthrozoology

Explore all facets of human-animal interaction, including animal-assisted interventions, the role of animals in society, and the human-animal bond. 

  • Dissertation

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.

Entry Requirements For This Course

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University to prepare for your chosen course:

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