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c305 - Animal Science BSc

Animal Science BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C305 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

This degree provides an in-depth study of how animals behave and function, and could lead to a vocational career in the animal sector.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
C305

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB:32-35 points

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Opportunities

You'll study subjects that reflect the whole life of an animal:

  • microbiology and biochemistry
  • animal health and behaviour
  • animal reproduction and nutrition

We bring your learning to life through extensive interaction with animals throughout your degree. You'll gain practical experience through regular visits to local animal centres and the University's two farms. You'll also enjoy input from professionals in the animal science industry.

Your third year group project to organise a conference on animal science equips you with marketable skills such as project management, organisation and teamworking.

You can boost your employability and professional skills with an optional placement year in industry, or a summer internship in the commercial sector. 

An exciting part of your degree is your research project, where you undertake a piece of original research on a subject of your choice. This may be carried out in the lab, at one of the University's farms or at an animal centre. You also have the chance to study and learn alongside staff in the Animal Science research group, who are internationally recognised for their research.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I enjoy the biology modules as I am learning new things that I find interesting, which makes it easier to learn.

Lizzie, Animal Science BSc Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 20 credits from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more on about Work Placements.

If you choose this option, you will take the following module:

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 20 credits from one of the following module groups:

Either:

Or:

You also choose 20 credits from the following list:

*You may opt to take only 20 credits of NCL modules

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Animal Science careers

A degree in animal science provides an excellent basis for employment in one of the many different areas of animal science and related agricultural and environmental sectors.

For example, you could pursue a careers in:

  • animal welfare, as an RSPCA inspector or farm assurance assessor
  • animal nutrition, as a nutritionist for a livestock feed compounder or a pet food manufacturer
  • animal breeding, as a geneticist for a breeding company

You could also work in animal health, as a research scientist working in product development, or an account manager for an animal health company selling pharmaceutical products to veterinary practices and agricultural merchants.

The knowledge your acquire and skills you develop are also valued in a wide range of other careers including teaching, marketing, management, the media, finance, law, the armed forces, or the police force.

Find out more about the career options for graduates from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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