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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Animal science
Student score
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% employed or in further study
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Average graduate salary
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

To include Biology or Chemistry

Scottish Highers

To include Biology or Chemistry

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

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% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

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Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

We face critical challenges over the coming decades. How can we use our limited land and resources to provide the growing global population with a sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials, whilst reducing our impact on the natural environment? How can we develop agricultural systems that are resilient to climate change and disease epidemics and that deliver increased yields of crops and livestock, using less energy and with improved standards of animal welfare? SRUC graduates with expertise in animal, plant and agricultural sciences are well-equipped to help meet these challenges and can look forward to an exciting and rewarding career. The first two years of this course follow the HND Applied Bioscience, giving you a broad and varied introduction to biology and biochemistry. Throughout the course you will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of animal science and its applications, together with a foundation in biological principles and practical and laboratory skills. You will gain the knowledge needed to improve the productivity and sustainability of livestock productions systems, for controlling disease epidemics, for raising standards of animal welfare and for enhancing wildlife biodiversity. You will gain an awareness of the future demands of our growing population in a time of climate change and the role that animal scientists can play in addressing these. An understanding of the environmental, ethical and economic contexts in which the sector operates will also be acquired.


Year 1: Core Modules: Cell Biology Theory and Practice; Biochemistry: Theory and Practice; Environmental Awareness; Information Technology Applications Software 1; Microorganisms: Growth, Activity and Significance; Quality and Health and Safety Systems in Science Industries; Livestock Physiology; Livestock Breeding; Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare; Graded Unit 1; Animal and Plant Cell Culture; Biotechnology: An Introduction; Chemistry & Physics for the Life Sciences. Elective Modules (choose two from): Animal Biology; Genetics; Plant Growth and Development; Plant Physiology Year 2: Core Modules: DNA Molecular Techniques: Theory and Practice; Immunotechnology: Theory and Practice; Livestock Nutrition; Agroecosystems: Energetic Efficiency; Statistics for Science 2; Livestock Production Systems; Business Management: An Introduction; Graded Unit 2:Project; Graded Unit 3:Examination; Livestock Health: Approaches to Disease Control. Elective Modules (choose four from):Grass and Fodder Crop Production; Pollution and Waste Management: An Introduction; Ecology and Ecosystems; Animal Behaviour; Animal Welfare; Clinical Microbiology and Epidemiology; Equine Studies: Equine Health Year 3: Core Modules: Research Skills and Data Analysis; Experimental and Analytical Techniques; Mammalian Growth, Reproduction and Development; Animal Welfare and Behaviour; Lactation and Neonatal Nutrition in Mammals; Pharmacology in Animal Health. Elective Modules (choose two from): Animal Science and Society; Management Skills and Entrepreneurship; Ecology: Management and Impacts; Parasitology. Year 4: Core Modules: Honours Project (3 credits); Animal Breeding and Genetics; Animal Disease and Diagnostics; Reproduction and Developmental Biology. Elective Modules (choose two from): Animal Feed Technology; Poultry Meat Production Systems; Molecular Bioscience; Food and Agri-business Economic Policy; Equine Nutrition and Grazing Management; One elective can be selected from years 3 or 4 of other programmes subject to approval and timetables.

SRUC Scotland’s Rural College

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Scotland's Rural College is an innovative, knowledge-based organisation, supporting the development of land-based industries and communities. Our work is wide-ranging, with particular emphasis on agriculture and related sciences, rural business development and management, food chain quality and safety, plus rural resource and environmental management.

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What do the numbers say for

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

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What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
93% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time

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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.
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