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To include Biology or Chemistry
To include Biology or Chemistry
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% applicants receiving offers94%
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Tuition fee & financial support£6,950
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- 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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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.
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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