Typical Course Length
Our MSc in Animal Science provides students with research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching and education. By providing you with biological, scientific and professional training in the field of Animal Science, this course will enable you to pursue leading careers in a wide range of Animal Science related fields throughout the world. Throughout this course you will be able to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore collaborations with veterinarians, scientists and the industry, learning about the latest scientific advances in the field of animal science. You will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher, with a wide and expert understanding of both animal biology and its applications, and how to ensure that the demands of production and animal welfare are appropriately balanced.
Why study MSc Animal Science at Aberystwyth University?
- The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) has an internationally renowned reputation for teaching and research in animal sciences
- Opportunity to attend conferences with lectures from international animal science experts
- Undertake a challenging course taught by enthusiastic, helpful and research-active staff, and further enhanced by contributions from experts and academics, many of whom are of international renown
- Our joint submission with Bangor University to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) displayed that 78% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent, and 97% of our research is internationally recognised
- 76% of our joint submission to the most recent Research Excellence Framework was judged as world-leading in terms of research impact
- Our submission in conjunction with Bangor University was the 5th strongest submission in the UK - REF 2014
- IBERS has an equine teaching yard and the only dedicated and fully licensed equine research yard in the UK outside of veterinary colleges
- IBERS has 1000 ha of farmland, a 400 cow dairy unit, upland and lowland sheep and beef units and a flock of layer hens
- IBERS has previously been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education and we received the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' award at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards
- Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.
Both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) routes available.
Assessment will be by course work such as essays, seminar presentations, case studies, poster presentations and final examinations in January and May.
The first part of the course is 120 credits of taught material, delivered in 2 semesters running from Sept to June. Part 2 is the dissertation. This is your opportunity to specialise and investigate in depth an area that excites you. Your dissertation can be done in our state of the art laboratories or possibly at another University. Assessment will be by course work such as essays, seminar presentations, case studies, poster presentations and final examinations in January and May.
Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in Animal Science, Biological Sciences and Agricultural Science or closely related discipline. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor's degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.
Download the Masters in Animal Science Candidates Guide
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Animal Breeding and Genetics
- Infection and Immunity
- Research Methods in the Biosciences
Our Animal Science students often progress to careers in:
- Scientific research
- Scientific publishing
- Animal Nutrition
- Animal Welfare
- Animal breeding
- Laboratory work
- Many of our previous graduates have also progressed to PhDs or Veterinary Medicine.
This course will empower you to:
- Advance your specialised knowledge in Animal Science
- Enhance your problem-solving and data handling skills
- Develop study and research skills
- Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of study
- Develop your skills of original thought, analysis, evaluation, interpretation and reasoning
- Enhance your communication skills
- Work effectively independently and as part of a team
Teaching & Learning
How will I learn?
This course can be studied one year full-time or up to 24 months part-time. When studied full-time, the course is divided into three semesters. During the first two semesters, students complete 120 taught credits (usually six 20 credit modules), which are delivered primarily through lectures, practicals, field trips, workshops, and seminars.
During the final semester (June to September), you will complete your master’s dissertation and will arrange your level of contact with your assigned dissertation supervisor.
What will I learn?
In the first semester, students will study a number of core modules, covering topics such as animal/equine breeding, genetics and infection and immunity. In the second semester students will choose a selection of modules from: equine nutrition, livestock nutrition, equine anatomy, equine behaviour, livestock production, equine reproductive physiology and stud management, and grassland science.
Students will also undertake a research training module, which will give them a strong grounding in statistical techniques and analytical approaches to biological investigations, and will enhance their research skills and techniques in preparation for their MSc Dissertation undertaken in Semester 3 (June to September).
Throughout the course, a strong emphasis is placed on student centred study. This culminates in the master’s dissertation, a key part of the course which allows you to pursue specific areas of interest.
How will I be assessed?
Depending on the modules chosen, assessment is via a mix of written assignments (essays, reports, case studies, research projects, research critiques, research proposals, critical reviews, and abstracts), written examinations, seminar presentations, and online assignments.
Successful submission of the dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an MSc.