This course will give you:
- a sound knowledge and understanding of animal biology
- the ability to apply this knowledge to the rapidly expanding animal industry.
Lectures cover the major scientific principles including:
- anatomy and physiology
You will learn how to apply these principles to a range of contexts. Aspects of welfare, breeding, conservation and management will also be covered. The course combines the study of wild animal populations with that of captive animals, both domestic and exotic.
Why choose this course?
- This course is recognised by the Society of Biology
- You will have access to our modern animal unit on campus which houses over 200 animals
- A brand new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library opened in 2013
- You will have the opportunity to complete research or a work placement abroad.
International exchange opportunities
- You can spend six months on international exchange with a partner university in Australia, Canada or Hungary during your second year of study.
Want to know more?
UCAS code: C301 BSc/AB (FT) C302 (Sandwich)
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Course length: Three years full-time or four years with placement
Study location: Brackenhurst campus
Fees and funding:Please see our applying and fees section.
How many places are available?
There are approximately 30 places available on this course.
When does the course start?
Please see the academic calendar for term dates.
Where will I study?
The Brackenhurst campus has a number of specialist units for:
- farm studies.
You will have access to an animal unit housing over 200 animals and representing over 60 different species. The campus also provides a range of semi-natural and constructed habitats for you to use.
What will I study?
- Anatomy and Physiology: Gain a broad understanding of animal structure and function across a range of species.
- Animal Management: Learn how to successfully manage animal collections and develop your practical handling skills across a range of species.
- Animal Welfare and Behaviour: Look at patterns of behaviour and the reasons why animals behave as they do, both in the wild and in captivity. This module encompasses the application of behavioural science to welfare.
- Ecology and Biodiversity: Explore the diversity of life on Earth and the relationships between animals and their environments.
- Principles of Animal Science: Understand key biological and chemical principles of relevance to animal science. You will also develop a range of practical laboratory skills necessary to underpin your future studies.
- Animal Health and Disease: Learn about the principles of animal health and disease. The module covers a range of pathogenic organisms and looks at a variety of common diseases; their symptoms, treatment and prevention.
- Animal Reproduction and Breeding: Examine reproductive physiology, the principles of inheritance and the application of these principles in animal breeding programmes.
- Biological Basis of Behaviour: Explore the way in which animals behave in relation to their environment.
- Contemporary Issues in Animal Science: Develop your awareness of the ethical issues involved in Animal Science.
This module promotes an awareness of alternative values and beliefs across a range of cultures and societies.
- Research Skills: Explore the principles of scientific investigation in relation to Animal Science. Topics covered include experimental design, data generation and collection, and data analysis, with teaching supported in the laboratories and Animal Unit.
- Nutritional Biochemistry: Discover the principles of nutrient metabolism, reviewing the importance of enzymes.
- Adaptive Physiology: Study the physiological challenges presented by different environments and the adaptations that enable animals to overcome them.
- Anthrozoology: Explore all facets of the human-animal interaction including animal assisted interventions, the role of animals in society and the human-animal bond.
- Applied Animal Nutrition: Study how nutrition impacts upon health and production in a variety of settings, including zoo animal collections, farm animal production and companion animal welfare.
- Dissertation: Write an independent research project. This will provide you with the opportunity to look in depth at a subject of personal interest within the field of Animal Science.
- Animal Genetics: Cover the principles and techniques of molecular genetics and considers how that knowledge is applied to animal selection and breeding. This module includes the development of your practical laboratory skills.
You will have 13 hours of scheduled contact time per week, of which approximately two and a half hours will be practical work.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following.
- Assignments – 17%
- Portfolio - 50%
What do the course fees cover?
The annual fee for your undergraduate degree course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition.
- You will have a pre-paid printing allowance of £20 (which currently equates to up to 400 sides of A4 black and white printing) for use in NTU Print Shops.
- You will be given laboratory equipment, including coats and safety equipment, where required.
- You will not have to pay the tuition fee for the Year Abroad/Sandwich year, when this is part of the course.
- Your fees cover any additional administration fees for International Exchange.
What is not included in the fee?
You will need to budget for:
- general printing of coursework in addition to the printing allowance
- books and texts
- accommodation and travel costs
- travel and accommodation costs involved in year abroad, sandwich year or any placements you take
- your graduation social events
- additional field trip or field work costs where not borne by the School.
Language classes are available via the University Language Programme at a very reasonable additional fee, alongside your chosen course. These are not included in your course fees.
Are you an international student?
Find out more about our entry requirements, fees and accommodation.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Our two rodent rooms house a wide variety of species. Across the two rooms we house rats, hamsters, mice, gerbils, chinchillas and degus.
We have a diverse range of animals in this room, including:
- African Leopard tortoise
- Salmon Pink Bird-eater tarantula
- Bearded dragons
- Bosc monitor lizard
- Leopard geckos
- White's Tree frogs
- African Clawed frogs
- a variety of snakes.
There are two rabbit rooms within the Unit containing various breeds including Netherland Dwarf, Silver Fox, Dutch, English, French Lop, Mini Lop, Mini Rex and Lionhead Lop.Guinea pigs are also located within one of the rabbit rooms.
This houses our ferrets. The ferret enclosure was designed and built by Andrew Campbell; it provides a wealth of environmental enrichment and housing options for the ferrets.
We have a 30 foot flight house for our cockatiels and budgies. This encourages natural flight and behaviour. Our birds have been breeding successfully for several years in this environment.
This room houses our nine unit cats; one geriatric and eight adult cats.
Grooming skills such as bathing, clipping and scissors techniques are taught on dogs, cats and even long-haired guinea pigs.
This room highlights the importance of isolating sick or injured animals away from others to avoid spreading infections, reduce the animals' stress and to closely monitor their food/water intake, weight and general condition while they convalesce. The animal science and veterinary nursing students make good use of this room in connection with elements of their modules.
Outdoor Tortoise Enclosure
Developed in August 2012 by Andrew Campbell (who also created our ferret enclosure), this houses our Hermann tortoise giving him access to an outdoor run. This allows for the absorption of vitamin D which is imperative for the welfare of the tortoise.
We have several koi and a Siberian sturgeon to enhance our aquatics modules.
There are a range of resident poultry, variety of breed of chickens, Chinese geese, Aylesbury and duck species.
We have a variety of goats including pygmy, pygmy crosses, Anglo-Nubian. This paddock includes climbing mounds and scratching posts for environment enrichment for the goats.
We have four donkeys, Joseph, one of our original donkeys and three donkeys fostered from the Donkey Sanctuary, Arthur, Guinevere and Gabriel who are a family unit of father, mother and son.
Small animal turnout paddock
This outdoor paddock is divided into individual pens and the rabbit run around system. This area is designed to provide a variety of accommodation during the day for both rabbits and guinea pigs. The track system encourages health and well-being.
Outdoor research arena: Dog agility
We have a variety of agility equipment such as tunnels, tyre jumps, a seesaw and an A-frame. This paddock is also used for dog obedience practicals.
Your career development
This course will give you the skills you need for the following roles:
- Animal Health Officer
- Animal Trainer and Presenter
- Biochemistry Technician
- Laboratory Technician
- Medical Secretary
- Pet Behaviour Therapist
- Reptile House Manager
- Tropical Fish Consultant
- Unit Pet Care Officer
- Veterinary Care Assistant
- Wildlife Conservation Advisor.
You could work for the following companies:
- Abbey Veterinary Group
- Barton Equestrian Centre
- Broxby College
- Department of Conservation for New Zealand
- Hôpital du Bocage
- Huntingdon Animal Research
- Natural England
- Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
What our graduates say
"I was first impressed with Nottingham Trent University when I received a postcard from them wishing me good luck with my A-level exams and that level of compassion and care for me and my degree didn't fade during the whole of the three years at Nottingham Trent University. I attended an Open Day at the Brackenhurst campus, as a decision making exercise, and found the event to be a valuable insight into the course and academic staff. I found the staff on campus to be really helpful and good with guidance with future aspirations.
"The location of Brackenhurst was particularly appealing to me, being set in the countryside with access to the outdoor classroom aids with practical modules.
"During my degree I have become a lot more confident acquiring knowledge and having the self-confidence to use it"
BSc (Hons) Animal Biology
Excellent placement opportunities
The work placement route of study can be included and involves a year working in industry. Previous employers of students selecting a sandwich year include:
- The Animal Health Trust
- Blackpool Zoo.
You will need
- 240 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels or two A-levels and two AS-levels (excluding General Studies)
- to include A-level Biology at Grade C or above or BTEC Extended Diploma or equivalent qualification in any science related subject with three merits
- GCSE English, Maths and Science are required at Grade C or above
- work experience in the animal sector.
International students please see the full list of alternative qualifications.
UCAS code: C301 BSc/AB
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.
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Writing your personal statement
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Telephone: +44 (0)1636 817099 (Course)
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"I was first impressed with Nottingham Trent University when I received a postcard from them wishing me good luck with my A-level exams. That level of compassion and care for me and my degree didn't fade during the whole of the three years here. I attended an Open Day at Brackenhurst campus as a decision making exercise and found the event provided a valuable insight into the course and academic staff. I found the staff on campus to be really helpful and good with guidance regarding my future aspirations.
"The location of Brackenhurst campus was particularly appealing to me, set in the countryside with access to the ‘outdoor classroom’ aids used during the practical modules.
"During my degree I have become a lot more confident, acquiring knowledge and having the self-confidence to use it."
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