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C305 - Animal Science

Animal Science

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: C305
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

In this Animal Science BSc Honours degree you will focus on understanding animal behaviour, nutrition and physiology, while equipping you with the practical skills you need for a wide range of careers.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

We place a particular emphasis on the scientific study of livestock and companion animals (including horses). 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 interaction with animals throughout your degree. You'll gain practical experience through 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.

Study at the cutting edge

Our curriculum is shaped by the discoveries of the University's specialist Animal Science research group. They have particular expertise in the assessment of animal welfare and development of sustainable systems of livestock production.

You will study modules designed around the latest research discoveries of our staff, meaning you will be learning at the cutting-edge of the discipline.

You'll also have the chance to conduct research of your own by undertaking a research project in Stage 3.

As the degree progresses, you can tailor it to your own animal interests, specialising in either companion animals (including cats, dogs, horses and other less common pet species) or farm animals (including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry). However, you will also maintain some study of the other animal grouping.


A close up image of a student feeding a pig an apple.

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Stage 1 provides a solid base in the underlying science of domestic animals, covering genetics, microbiology, biochemistry and physiology. You undertake training to support and enhance your success in your degree and beyond.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Academic and Professional Skills 20
Agri-Food Supply Chains 20
Principles of animal physiology and health 20
Genetics and Evolution 20
Cells and Biomolecules 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introductory Business Economics 10
Introduction to Business Management 10
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20

You continue to develop your knowledge of animal biology, applying scientific principles to areas such as nutrition, parasitology and immunology. We introduce you to more applied topics such as animal husbandry, breeding, behaviour and feed science.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Animal Feed Science and Technology 10
Companion Animal Science 10
Domestic Animal Reproduction and Genetic Improvement 10
Dissertation and Research Preparation 10
Sustainable Solutions 10
Principles of Nutrition 20
Optional Modules Credits
Marketing Digital Strategy 20
Animal Parasitology 10
Sustainable animal production systems 20
Animal Behaviour 10
Vertebrate Biology 20
Animal Function (Physiology and Development) 20
Human Resource Management 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20

Other optional modules may also be available.

Teaching in the final year draws on the latest scientific discoveries. You have a choice of modules that allows you to focus on the management of particular species, or a broader view.

A research project accounts for 25% of your marks, and can be laboratory based, carried out at a University farms, or at an animal centre. As well as knowledge and practical skills, our degree is designed to nurture and develop professional skills that employers covet.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Animal Science Conference - Current Issues and Debates 20
Animal Science Research Project 30
Reproduction in Farm and Companion Animals 10
Applied Animal Nutrition 10
Your Future - occupational awareness 10
Precision technologies and global challenges in managed animal behaviour and welfare 20
Optional Modules Credits
Animal Product Quality and Marketing 10
Forage Utilization 10
Zoo Animal Science and Management 10
Cellular Systems 10
Physiological Zoology 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Creativity, Innovation and Market Research in Science and Engineering UG 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and group tutorials.

Theoretical teaching is reinforced through visits to animal centres, the University's farms and other farming businesses.

Throughout the course, you carry out project work and submit reports, both as individuals and in groups.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Research skills

In the final year of your degree you'll complete your Animal Science Research Project in an area of interest to you, such as:

  • animal health
  • behaviour
  • welfare
  • reproduction 
  • nutrition

Your project is an opportunity to review literature, plan and implement a piece of research before discussing your findings. 

Hands-on experience

We arrange field trips to a range of animal centres – as well as our farms – to ensure you develop your hands-on practical skills and help form a close-knit bond between you and your peers. 


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


Agriculture is based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus. During your studies, you'll have access to two commercial farms near Newcastle.

Our University farms, Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm, will give you an insight into how real-world farms operate, so you're prepared for your future. Our farms are used for research, teaching and demonstration.

You'll have the opportunity to access modern laboratories equipped with industry-standard equipment. You'll also use NU-Food, our food and consumer research facility.

You'll be able to use our computing facilities, including computers running industry-standard software used in agriculture businesses, to help ensure you're career-ready.


As a new student, you'll receive a tablet so you can download online learning resources, helping to make our campus more sustainable.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.

Your future

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.

This degree would help you to pursue a career in:

  • animal welfare
  • animal nutrition
  • animal breeding

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.

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

Enterprising students

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Careers support

Our Enterprise Challenge gives students the opportunity to work with industry on a project that tackles real-world issues. Watch the above video to find out more.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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