This course represents a unique opportunity for you to study a wider range of species than those covered in traditional Animal Science degrees. Your learning will focus on the biology of exotic species, namely non-domestic and non-UK wildlife, and how to apply this to all aspects of the management and conservation of captive populations.
Why choose this course?
- We have strong links with UK zoos and wildlife parks.
- You will have access to our modern Animal Unit on campus which houses around 150 animals of 40 different species.
- Field trips include zoo visits and an optional conservation projects trip in Mauritius.
- Teaching is informed by current research undertaken by academics in the School.
- NTU is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). We are also a teaching provider for zoo animal record keeping via the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS).
How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.
- Year 1 coursework (64%), written (33%) and practical (3%)
- Year 2 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%)
- Year 3 coursework (76%), written (17%) and practical (7%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (64%) and placements (12%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%) and placements (0%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%) and placements (0%)
A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study
Careers and employability
Your career development
Graduates from this course could potentially become a:
- animal health officer
- animal trainer and presenter
- biochemistry technician
- education officer
- laboratory technician
- tropical fish consultant
- veterinary care assistant
- veterinary receptionist
- wildlife conservation advisor
You could work for companies such as:
- Department of Conservation for New Zealand
- Hôpital du Bocage
- Huntingdon Animal Research Life Sciences
- London Zoo
- Natural England
- Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
- Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Excellent placement opportunities
We will support you to undertake work experience placement opportunities where possible or a full sandwich year placement during your third year.
Links with industry enable you to gain valuable experience at zoological and wildlife parks throughout the course. Students have also gained valuable experience through placements at companies such as:
- Animal Health Trust
- Blackpool Zoo
- Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation
- Cheetah Outreach
- Chester Zoo
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida, USA
- Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Endangered Primate Species Centre, Southern Vietnam
- Mauritius Wildlife Foundation
- Paignton Zoo
- West Midland Safari Park
Investment in facilities
We have invested over £20 million in our facilities at Brackenhurst Campus in the last eight years.
Our beautiful 200 hectare estate acts as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research.
The estate is home to a diverse range of species including kestrels, yellowhammers, hedgehogs, badgers and great crested newts.
You can take look at the facilities available on campus. These include the:
Our brand new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.
Our biodiversity analysis of the library site highlighted the need to check for protected species such as bats and great crested newts. We've created new ponds, fence-ringed areas and bespoke habitats as part of our mitigation strategy.
Peregrine falcons – live streaming
The Newton building at Nottingham Trent University has, for the last decade, been home to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons, who nest on an outside ledge near the top. Watch live footage or archive video of them nesting, laying eggs and rearing their chicks.
Green Flag status
Brackenhurst campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James's Park.