Animal Science at Newcastle offers a comprehensive study of how animals behave and function. You will study a wide range of subjects that relate to the whole life of an animal, from animal behaviour and welfare, to reproduction and nutrition.
Our curriculum is shaped by the discoveries of the University's specialist Animal Science research group, and we draw on expertise from across the University. You will develop a high level of scientific knowledge that can be a stepping stone to a vocational career in the animal sector.
We focus on the underlying scientific principles of animal science through topics such as:
We also introduce you to applied topics relating to animal health such as:
As the degree progresses, you have the chance to specialise in either companion animals (including cats, dogs, horses and other less common pet species) or farm animals (including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry), whilst also maintaining some study of the other animal grouping.
You will see your studies come to life through regular visits to local animal centres and the University's two commercial farms. We also offer career-enhancing work placement opportunities and place a strong emphasis on the development of work-related skills.
You will study modules designed around the latest research discoveries of our staff, including members of the University's specialist Animal Science research group, who have particular expertise in the assessment of animal welfare. This research-informed approach to teaching means you will be learning at the cutting-edge of the discipline.
You will also have chance to conduct research of your own by undertaking an optional research project in Stage 3.
On average you will have around 25 contact hours a week through a combination of lectures, seminars, and small group tutorials. Planned farm visits to the University farms and other local farming businesses are used to reinforce the theoretical teaching. Throughout the course, you carry out project work and submit reports, both as individuals and in groups.
Assessment is primarily by unseen, written examinations supported by a variety of different forms of course work that includes essays, projects, case studies and other exercises. Seminar, tutorial and poster presentation exercises also give you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding verbally. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
The development of transferable skills is a priority throughout the course.
As an animal science student at Newcastle you will be part of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. The School's main teaching and laboratory facilities are located on campus in the Agriculture Building. The University also owns two off-campus farms – Cockle Park and Nafferton – which are used for research, teaching and demonstration purposes. You also have the chance to join the student-led Agric society, which is responsible for fostering a close community spirit within the School.
I am really enjoying my course so far. Every module provides interlinking and interesting information. The staff are extremely friendly and are always on hand to help if you are stuck on coursework or lectures.
Our strong links with local animal centres means that you take part in regular study visits and develop hand-on practical skills. As well as the University's two commercial farms, you have the chance to visit local stables, kennels, animal rescue centres and zoological gardens.
We place strong emphasis on developing skills such as behaviour observation and animal welfare assessment techniques.