BSc (Hons), CertHE Animal Science

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Introduction to our Animal Science degree

Further your understanding of animal biology and its relationship to animal health, disease, growth and development, with our BSc (Hons) Animal Science degree at ARU in Writtle.

Our Animal Health degree combines both pure and applied sciences in the study of animals, while also incorporating practical animal management skills.

As a student studying a BSc Animal Science degree at ARU in Writtle, you’ll develop a sound understanding of scientific principles and practical competence with a range of animal species. You'll take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a range of domesticated and captive animal species, as well as laboratory classes.

In years 2-3 of your degree in Animal Science, you have a choice of modules so that you can focus on particular animal groups. These could include zoo animals, companion animals, wildlife conservation, and farm livestock.

Meanwhile, the final-year dissertation is an opportunity to develop your research skills.

As a graduate of your Animal Science Degree, you’ll have the ability to communicate your knowledge to others, practical animal management skills, and broad scientific training.

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Hands-on learning

Study Animal Science at ARU in Writtle and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • develop practical competence with a range of species
  • go on 'behind the scenes' trips and privileged experiences throughout your course
  • learn from high-profile subject specialist staff.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


As BSc (Hons) Animal Science graduate, you could consider careers in the following roles.

  • Animal nutritionist and pet food manufacturing
  • Nutrition company sales rep
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Companion and zoo animal keepers ( RSPCA, SSPCA, rescue centres, zoos and safari parks)
  • Progression to vet school
  • Quarantine officer
  • Animal health inspector, eg DEFRA
  • Independent wildlife agencies (RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England).

Graduating from your Animal Science degree doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation.

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE Animal Science

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Life in Writtle

Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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