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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Animal Science is the applied science of domesticated animals, including farm animals, horses and companion animals. At Aberystwyth, Animal scientists study the nutrition, breeding, fertility, health, behaviour, physiology and anatomy of a wide range of domesticated animals. Our students develop the skills required for successful careers using these animals on a daily basis.

Here’s why we think that Aberystwyth is a great place to be an animal scientist!

  • Passionate teaching staff who conduct research in all areas of animal science;
  • Great module choice within the course, allowing you to concentrate on the species of most interest to you;
  • Fantastic modern laboratories, farms, equine centre, aquarium and microscopy suite;
  • Opportunities for foreign exchanges;
  • An award-winning institute environment.


Why study Animal Science at Aberystwyth University?

  • You will be taught by enthusiastic teaching experts, who you may have already seen on TV documentaries or heard on your favourite radio show.
  • You will have access to our modern equine facility providing livery, competition and educational resources.
  • This degree has a flexible course structure allowing you to focus on one of these areas in the second and third year: Behavioural Science ; Farm Animal Science; or Equine Science.
  • The University has over 1000Ha of farmland, including lowland and upland sheep farms, a 500 cow dairy herd, intensive and extensive beef production systems, an equine centre.
  • Around the university campus lies the local woodland with over a hundred purpose built nest boxes and homes for nature.
  • Surrounding Aberystwyth you can explore some of our beautiful habitats on our doorstep, including marine, moorland, mountain, grassland and coast, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
  • Local wildlife includes red kits, bottlenose dolphins to name a few.
  • The Department also has wonderful museum full of historic zoological specimens.


What career prospects exist for me?

The degree will allow you to explore a career in:

  • Assessing the welfare of domestic animals;
  • Use of genetics to maximise the efficiency of breeding programmes for domestic animals;
  • Animal nutrition;
  • Teaching, including in further or higher education;
  • Research across the spectrum of Animal Science;
  • Scientific publishing;
  • Laboratory work in both the private and public sector.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 15,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 103 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    119 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.31 86%



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