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Animal Biology BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): C301 / C302
  • Start Date(s): October 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time or four years with placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Explore the fascinating animal kingdom and the scientific principles that underpin this important and wide-ranging subject area. The course will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of animal biology. Your lectures will cover major scientific principles, including anatomy and physiology, behaviour, genetics, ecology, and nutrition. The course focuses on the study of companion and livestock species. Core scientific study is supported by practical animal handling in our specialist unit.

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  • Based at our Brackenhurst Campus you will have access to our modern on-campus Animal Unit which houses over 250 animals from 70 different species. You'll also benefit from our working farm, including a herd of Lincoln Red cattle, a specialist cattle roundhouse and a flock of sheep.
  • Throughout the course you'll hear from external industry professionals through guest lectures and visits to a range of animal establishments. You'll also have the opportunity to complete research or a work placement abroad.
  • We've recently redeveloped this course in conjunction with external academic and industry professionals to ensure your learning is right at the forefront of advances in the subject area.
  • We're ranked 3rd in the UK for the number of undergraduate students on sandwich courses studying animal science (HESA, 2019/20).

Which course is right for you?

We offer four animal science degrees, each with a different focus:

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Biology (this course) - focuses on managed domestic species such as companion, working and farm animals.
  • BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology - focuses on captive housed zoo animals and exotic species.
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology - covers a diverse range of invertebrate and vertebrate species in relation to their biology, evolution, taxonomy and identification.
  • FdSc Animal Science - is more vocational, with greater emphasis on practical and applied skills.

What you’ll study

Your lectures will cover major scientific principles, including:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • behaviour
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • nutrition.

You'll apply these principles in a range of contexts and focus on the key aspects of animal welfare, breeding and management. The course focuses on the study of companion and livestock species, and their housing, management and nutrition.

Animal Physiology

Gain a broad understanding of animal structure and function across a range of species.

Animal Husbandry

Learn how to successfully manage animal collections and develop practical handling skills across a range of species.

Animal Behaviour

Study patterns of behaviour and the reasons why animals behave as they do in managed housing systems.

Nutrition Principles

Learn the nutrition principles associated with nutrients’ classification, digestive systems in animals and the basics of animal metabolism.

Animal Reproduction and Genetics

Learn the underpinning principles of animal genetics and how these link with reproductive physiology. Practical sessions will investigate assisted reproductive technologies and how these increase an animal’s reproductive success in captivity.

Animal Health and Disease

Gain an understanding of the causes of disease, the function of the animal immune system and influences of management on animal health. Develop technical and analytical laboratory skills relevant to the animal industry and gain an understanding of how these techniques are utilised in animal disease investigation.

Disease Investigation and Epidemiology

Study the causes, processes and control of infectious and non-infectious diseases of current veterinary and/or conservation importance. Apply knowledge of pathogen biology and disease processes to contemporary management issues in animal populations.

Animal Genetics

Learn the principles and techniques of molecular genetics in relation to animal science. Explore the mechanisms of change within a genome. Develop an awareness of genetic applications and associated ethics within modern society.

Physiology of Behaviour

Explore the way in which animals behave in relation to their environment. Learn and understand key areas of mammalian physiology and pharmacology, and how this relates to behaviour.

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. You'll also explore commonly used statistical packages.

Animal Nutritional Health

Investigate how nutrition affects animal health and understand diet formulation in a variety of species.

Animal Adaptations

Study the physiological challenges presented by different environments and the adaptations that enable animals to overcome them. Explore how features of animal form and function have arisen and the factors that have likely shaped them.

This is a placement year for students on the four-year course

Advanced Animal Nutrition

Study advanced topics in nutritional science. These include clinical nutrition, recent advances in the field, ethical and sustainability issues in nutritional provision for animals under human care, and research methods relevant to the nutritional sciences.

Comparative Performance

Develop a knowledge and understanding of animal performance across a range of contexts and how performance (both athlete and production) can be impacted or optimised by a range of factors.

Sustainable Animal Management

Explore the practical application of research aimed at improving the sustainability of the managed animal and its environment. Skills will be developed through a field course.

Welfare Science

Evaluate methods of assessing and monitoring animal welfare, including physiological and behavioural indicators of good and poor welfare. You'll apply your knowledge to a variety of situations in various management systems and levels of confinement, and across a range of species.

Dissertation

You will undertake an independent research project. This is an opportunity to take an in-depth look at a subject of personal interest to you within the field of animal biology.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Our current students and recent graduates tell you all about their time at NTU and what they've gone on to do next.

Student Profiles

Zoe Russell

Animal Biology

Over the three years I gained both academic and practical knowledge through lectures, laboratory work, field trips and trips abroad

Hannah Widdowson

Animal Biology

NTU offers a supportive, friendly, safe environment to learn and grow as an individual. What more could you need!

Aisling-Fleming

Animal Biology

I feel that this course has not only provided me with the academic knowledge, but also practical skills which I will continue to use when working with animals and working on research projects.

Belinda-Coppin

Animal Biology

This course is great for learning about animals, their environment and their biology. It has been a great way to find like-minded people, as well as being given the opportunity to travel the world with a variety of trips available.

Hannah-Harris

Animal Biology

The courses influenced my decision to keep within the canine industry, but more so, the biggest influence was working with lecturers who were passionate and experienced in the canine field. They were able to provide me with insights and experience alongside the course.

Joe-Hills

Animal Biology

During my time at Nottingham Trent University I have developed laboratory techniques, and statistical analysis techniques including using SPSS and Microsoft Excel.

Rebekka-Hitti

Animal Biology

I have become more confident throughout my course and more determined to achieve to the best of my ability.

Nicola-Dale

Animal Biology

The modules covered throughout my degree have all provided me with an opportunity to expand my knowledge, improve my scientific writing and focus my main interests of nutrition within the field of animal science.

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How you’re taught

Throughout the course, you’ll hear from external industry professionals through guest lectures and visits to a range of animal establishments. Your assessment will be based on coursework and formal examinations.


You’ll also be encouraged and supported to gain important and relevant industry experience at appropriate companies, such as welfare organisations or feed manufacturers, throughout the course. Our students have previously been placed with companies such as Pfizer, the Animal Health Trust, the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, GLW Feeds, and at commercial farms.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.

Staff Profiles

Anne Carter

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Anne Carter (nee Pullen)

Stephen Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Stephen Harrison

Chris Royle

School Standards and Quality Manager

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Chris Royle

Katherine Whitehouse-Tedd

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Katherine (Kat) Whitehouse-Tedd. Human-wildlife coexistence research.

Samantha Ward

Senior Lecturer

Animal, Rural & Environmental Science

Samantha Ward

Jacqueline Boyd

Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr Boyd is a lecturer in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, specifically teaching across Animal and Equine courses. Her research relates to aspects of parasitology, genetics, performance

Samantha Bremner-Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Samantha Bremner-Harrison

Jaime Martin

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Jaime Martin is a lecturer/senior lecturer in the department of animal and equine sciences. He is a departmental lead for statistical analysis and zoology.

Frank Ruedisueli

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Frank Ruedisueli

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (33%), practical (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (66%), written (17%), practical (17%)
  • Year 3 coursework (83%), written (17%)

Careers and employability

Your future career

Developed in conjunction with representatives from industry, the course is designed to maximise your potential in a broad range of animal-related careers.


Your potential areas for employment include:

  • welfare organisations
  • feed companies
  • governmental department
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Our graduates have become animal feed scientists, laboratory technicians, research assistants, animal health coordinators and programme managers in a range of animal-based organisations. They have gone on to work for companies such as the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and AB Agri. You could also progress to postgraduate study.

Placement opportunities

During your course you'll be supported to gain relevant industry experience and have the opportunity to take a year-long placement. Our students have previously been based at places such as welfare organisations or feed manufacturers.

Students have carried out placements at companies such as:

  • Pfizer
  • the Animal Health Trust
  • the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition
  • GLW Feeds
  • commercial farms.

You will be given the opportunity to focus your studies/work placements on the species of animal that is of most interest to you.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

During this course, your theoretical studies will be complemented by the use of a wide range of animal facilities to expand your knowledge. This includes the use of over 250 animals and more than 70 species on our Animal Unit, ranging from reptiles and degus to goats and donkeys; our on-site farm housing a beef herd of Lincoln Red Cattle and a flock of sheep to experience large animal handling ad behaviour monitoring, and our equestrian centre. This is in addition to our extensive laboratories facilities  and the wider outdoor classroom of the Brackenhurst estate for field based practical's. Qualified and experienced academic and technical staff provide expert tuition in animal handling, animal training, environmental enrichment and much more.

Research

You will have access to a range of specialist and state of the art equipment to enhance your learning within practical sessions and to assist you with your dissertation projects. Examples of these include: Pressure sensors for gait analysis, motion capture video systems and analysis software, thermal imaging cameras, remote monitoring cameras for behaviour observations, a large research arena dedicated to project work and outdoor practical's.

Volunteering

Why not broaden your horizons and give something back by taking part in our Animal Unit’s successful volunteer programme?

The animal unit volunteer programme is an extra-curricular opportunity open to all students at Nottingham Trent University. You’ll get the chance to work closely with our qualified and skilled team of technicians on a variety of tasks such as maintenance, health checks, medical administration and behaviour management such as enrichment and training.

These sessions are recognised and verified by the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) to support your CV and boost your employability.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Biology grade C and excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Biology modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Biology and excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English, maths and science grade C / 4.

Other requirements: Work experience in the animal sector is highly desirable – examples include pet shops, zoos, animal conservation projects, wildlife sanctuaries, stables, veterinary practices, kennels, the RSPCA and similar.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Biology grade C and excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Biology modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Biology and excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English, maths and science grade C / 4.

Other requirements: Work experience in the animal sector is highly desirable – examples include pet shops, zoos, animal conservation projects, wildlife sanctuaries, stables, veterinary practices, kennels, the RSPCA and similar.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. There will be a maximum charge of £400 for overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat and overalls for working on the animal unit.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Full-time with placement

£15,600 + £1,385 (placement year)

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. There will be a maximum charge of £400 for overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat and overalls for working on the animal unit.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Please remember to include any information about relevant work experience.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Advice on writing a good personal statement

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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