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SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Applied Animal Science

UCAS Code: D300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


To include Biology or Chemistry

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy)

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


To include Biology, Chemistry or Agricultural Science.

Scottish Higher


To include Biology or Chemistry

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About this course

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Full-time | 2020


Animal science

It is an exciting time to be an animal scientist. Animals are at the centre of current global challenges including food security, disease control, climate change and animal welfare. Much of the excitement stems from technological advances that enable us to deliver new insights into the biology of animals and thus address these challenges. To keep up in the vibrant industries surrounding this fast-paced subject you need access to the latest research. SRUC is ranked number 1 for research power in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) in animal science subjects. There is no better place to study animal science, to be exposed to the latest research and its applications and be taught by researchers leading their field.

Animals contribute to human society in many ways. They provide food and clothing materials, perform duties in the workplace, play key roles in some leisure activities and as pets they provide us with companionship. The Applied Animal Science degree course at SRUC will give you an understanding of animals and how they function, grow, reproduce and behave. You will explore how we can use and interact with animals effectively whether as livestock, research, companion or wild animals without compromising their health and welfare or the health and sustainability of our ecosystems.

SRUC Applied Animal Science graduates go on to pursue a range of careers including research assistant, laboratory technician, animal nutritionist, geneticist, supermarket buyer, animal welfare or rehoming officer, zookeeper, animal care assistant, agriculture or extension officer, technical representative for animal health products.

A number of our graduates also choose to enrol in postgraduate study in a range of fields including animal breeding and genetics, marine biology, conservation biology, animal behaviour and welfare, clinical animal behaviour, and statistics. And some use the degree to help them gain access to competitive undergraduate programmes such as veterinary medicine.

**While the full course is offered at the Edinburgh campus, a top up degree (Years 3 and 4 only) is also offered at the Barony campus. Those with a relevant HND or foundation degrees can apply for entry into year 3 at Barony or Edinburgh.**


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. Animal Biology; Genetics

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; Livestock Health: Approaches to Disease Control. Business Management: An Introduction; Graded Unit 2:Project; Graded Unit 3:Examination; 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: Mammalian Growth, Development and Reproduction, Pharmacology in Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Behaviour, Lactation and Neonatal Nutrition in Mammals, Experimental and Analytical Techniques, Research Skills and Data Analysis, Electives: Parasitology, Ecology: Management and Impacts, Animal Science and Society, Management Skills and Entrepreneurship

Year 4: Core Modules: Honours Project (3 credits); Animal Breeding and Genetics; Animal Disease and Diagnostics; Reproduction and Developmental Biology.
Elective Modules, these modules allow students to specialise in an area of their particular interest (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.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed separately on a module by module basis using a combination of coursework, practical and online assessment, and written examinations. Coursework assessments are varied in nature and include, for example, laboratory reports, practical investigations, case studies, essays, reports, oral presentations and group work assignments.

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