BSc/BSc (Hons) Animal Bioscience and Management

On this programme, there is an emphasis on the advances in animal science, health and conservation.

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    3 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

This is a three-year honours degree programme which includes skills and knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of areas within animal management and animal biology industries.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

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What you will learn

Growing areas of focus within the animal‑related industries include health and welfare legislation, the economic factors affecting the sustainability of the industry and the impact of environmental change.

Worth £1 billion to the UK economy, the animal industry is constantly growing. With approximately 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers, the animal sector encompasses a wide variety of roles with opportunities to move between them.

Understanding the biology of animals is key to their management in the wild and in captivity. This programme is designed to develop your understanding of biological, environmental and welfare needs of animals, and their surrounding environment, and how to monitor and manage systems to meet these needs. These skills are pertinent in all animal related industries. Additionally, this course enables you to explain and evaluate the contribution of Biosciences to solving interdisciplinary challenges and the role of interdisciplinary thinking in solving scientific problems.


Level 4 (Year 1) Modules

Core Modules

  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Practical Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Sustainable Earth

Elective Module

  • Exotic Animal Behaviour
  • Canine and Feline Behaviour
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Livestock Health

Level 5 (Year 2) Modules

Core Modules

  • Field and Lab skills
  • Principles of Animal Management
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Microbiology and Parasitology

Elective Modules

  • Management of Habitats and Protected Areas
  • Principles of Animal Training
  • Incubation and Rearing
  • Performance Horse Production and Evaluation
  • Livestock Production

Level 6 (Year 3) Modules

Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Recent Advances in Animal Management
  • Sustainable Development in the Animal Industry.
  • Population Genetics

Elective Modules

  • Career Planning and Self Development
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Advanced Equine Nutrition
  • Enclosure Design and Stock Management
  • Global Food Production and Supply Chain Efficiency

Key Information

Applicants should have achieved 84 UCAS points plus 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSE’s. Applicants must have successfully completed a full Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.

An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre directly.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry including lecturers, research internships in zoos and a variety of animal collections nationally and internationally as well as in research laboratories and animal health advisory roles, health consultants, technical advisor.

Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £9,000

Please note that the fee status of each applicant will be assessed prior to any offer being made (Home Fee or Overseas/International Fee). Where required further information may be requested ensure the correct fee status is allocated. For further information about on studying in the UK and fee status, please visit UKCISA

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

Work placement is completed with an external employer which is arranged by the student. Such placements include laboratory work, RSBP, animal nutritionist, zoo keeping etc. All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.

Students on full time three year BSc programmes must complete a minimum of 10 weeks approved work experience to acquire a minimum of 30 placement credits.

Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.


There is a range of assessment methods used including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, , students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them.

Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting.

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)




International Trip Opportunities

Our students get great opportunities for study trips abroad to experience some amazing places such as Borneo, South Africa, Bangkok, Tenerife and even sunny South Wales.


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