MSc

Animal Science

Key Facts

Course Code D310
  • Qualification

    MSc

  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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The Animal Science Master's Degree within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth, UK, offers you the opportunity of biological, scientific and professional training in the field of Animal Science. The Masters Degree in Animal Science will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue leading careers in animal research, development, academia, training, public and private commercial enterprise, advisory work, government agencies and other non-government organisations throughout the world.

Why study your Masters Degree in Animal Science at Aberystwyth?

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth, UK, has over 30 years of experience in teaching at masters level in areas related to Animal Science. The Institute also has an internationally renowned reputation for research in the field of Animal Science. This puts IBERS in a unique position to provide you with the research led high quality post graduate training needed to produce post graduates with the competence to pursue leading careers in a wide range of Animal Science related fields throughout the world.

  • Key Facts
  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Student Views

Key Facts

Duration:

Both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) routes available.

Assessment:

Assessment will be by course work such as essays, seminar presentations, case studies, poster presentations and final examinations in January and May.

Course Structure: 

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.

Entry Requirements:

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.

Course Fees: 

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.

Funding:

Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.

More Information

Download the Masters in Animal Science Candidates Guide

Overview

The Animal Science Masters Degree within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth, UK, offers you the opportunity of a biological, scientific and professional training in the field of Animal Science.

The Masters Degree in Animal Science will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue leading careers in animal research, development, academia, training, public and private commercial enterprise, advisory work, government agencies, non-government organisations etc throughout the world.

Why study Animal Science?

Appropriate management is essential in order to optimise animal welfare. Ensuring good animal welfare is an increasing concern to all those involved in managing and training animals. However, this needs to be balanced against the demands of production (meat, milk), athletic performance (equine sport, racing) or leisure. Through the study of animal biology and its application to nutrition, breeding and animal management, the post graduate in Animal Science will be ideally placed to ensure that these demands of production and welfare are appropriately balanced through the development and implementation of innovative management practices and dissemination of knowledge and advice to practitioners. 

  • Our students have won the “Biology Student of the Year” award at the European Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Awards, and the Welsh Ornithologists’ Union Student Prize!
  • Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) received the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' award at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards. 
  • Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in conjunction with Bangor University had the 5th strongest submission in the UK for the Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014).

What subject material will the course cover?

A range of biological science modules will be taught in the first semester which will cover animal immunology, parasitology, bacteriology, endocrinology, growth and development, animal breeding, genetics, molecular genetics and principles of nutrition. This will provide you with an advanced biological science knowledge which will then be applied in semester 2. In semester 2 you will study statistical methodology in preparation for your Dissertation research, advances in bio and veterinary sciences  and be given the choice of modules from a suite of livestock and equine science modules covering subjects such as: livestock or equine reproductive physiology and technology, grassland science, livestock or equine nutrition, equine anatomy, equine behaviour. Throughout the course, especially in the second semester, you will have an opportunity to explore specific areas of your own interest culminating in your research dissertation. In addition to gaining specialised knowledge in Animal Science the course aims to develop your more general skills such as written and oral communication, research skills, data handling and statistics, team work, information technology, problem solving etc.

Please download the Masters in Animal Sciences Candidate Guide for more information on this course.

Our Staff

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.

Modules

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.

Employability

Qualification: MSc Animal Science

Recently the Institute was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, and in 2013, for the sixth year running, was among the top 10 universities in the UK in the Student Satisfaction Survey. This puts IBERS in a unique position to provide you with the research-led, high quality postgraduate training needed to produce post graduates with the competence to pursue leading careers in a wide range of fields related to the Animal Sciences.

This degree will suit you:

  • If you wish to study a research-led MSc specialising in the science of the management of livestock and horses.
  • If you want to have the choice of a wide range of career opportunities, including in scientific research, consultancy services, in the livestock and equine industries as well as in education.
  • If you want to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore collaborations with veterinarians, scientists and industrial partners.
  • If you want to learn about the latest biotechnologies and their application to livestock and horses

Employability
Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability.  The MSc in Animal Science has been designed to meet the increasing demand for suitably qualified personal to work in animal research, development, lecturing, training, public and private commercial enterprise, advisory work, government agencies, as well as non-government organizations throughout the world.

Key Skills and Competencies

Study Skills

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the key contemporary topics affecting the Animal Sciences. You will master the research process and contribute to the knowledge base of the subject through your dissertation.  Throughout this you will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher, with a wide and expert understanding of the impact these technologies can have.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at MSc level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. Though you will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of staff from IBERS, you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process will strengthen your skills as a self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by all employers.

Transferable Skills

The MSc programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts.  The course is made up of a number of taught modules plus guided independent student centred study. This provides you with a framework which allows you to develop your subject knowledge, through pursuing specific areas of interest and develop your skills of original thought, analysis, interpretation and reasoning. Regular assessment through reports, essays, seminar presentations, précis and case studies will prepare you for the many demands of the modern workplace.

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