BSc Agriculture with Animal Science

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In choosing to study this Agriculture and Animal Science Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be immersing yourself in the science, production and management of agriculture and livestock. You will study in one of the longest-established centres in the UK with a world-class reputation for teaching and research in animal science and agriculture. You will study agricultural production systems and animal science as core subjects, and you will have the opportunity to further expand your interests via specialist options. The third year of your Agriculture and Animal Science Degree will be spent on an extended work placement. The knowledge and experience gained from this year in industry, combined with the core and essential skills you will develop during the rest of this degree course, will provide you with the competences and attributes sought by employers of this discipline.

Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Agriculture (NSS 2016)
95% student satisfaction in the subject area of Agriculture (NSS 2016)
1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Animal Science (NSS 2016)

 Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from IBERS who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

This BSc in Agriculture with Animal Science offers you a solid grounding in agriculture with a strong specialism in animal science. During this four-year course, you will look at all aspects of the agricultural industry as well as developing a sound understanding of nutrition, reproductive physiology, animal health, animal breeding and emerging animal biotechnology. This degree programme includes a 9 month work placement in your third year during which you can apply your academic and vocational knowledge and gain valuable experience of agriculture and animal science in practice.

Why study Agriculture with Animal Science at Aberystwyth?

This degree is delivered by our award-winning Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), which is also the home of the Farm Business Survey for Wales. Aberystwyth University has a long-established and enviable reputation throughout the world for its teaching and research in agriculture and rural science, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is the largest and best-resourced university department of its kind in the UK.

Aberystwyth itself is surrounded by a great diversity of farmland and agricultural terrain. In addition, you will have access to the 1,000 hectare university farms, which are managed commercially by the Institute and used for teaching and research.

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The award recognises work of outstanding excellence and world-class achievement, and acknowledges the work of scientists at the Institute in various disciplines.

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences won the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' category award at the Times Higher Education Awards 2013. In the joint 2014 entry with Bangor for the Research Excellence Framework assessment, the department came out in the top 10 in the UK for research intensity, and had the 5th strongest submission in the UK!

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences also won one of the first ever Excellence with Impact Awards from the BBSRC, the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The award recognises those university departments which are most active in embedding a culture that promotes and values the achievement of impact alongside excellent research.

The Department offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Core (50 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Agricultural Technology BR10210

Business, Economics And Land Use BR10400

Crop And Grassland Management BR10700

Semester 2

Business, Economics And Land Use BR10420

Crop And Grassland Management BR10720

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Bioleg Cymhwysol Anifeiliad BG13300

Applied Animal Biology BR13300

Semester 2

Bioleg Cymhwysol Anifeiliad BG13320

Applied Animal Biology BR13320

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Y Diwydiant Amaethyddol - Sgiliau Cynllun-benodol BG11110

The Agricultural Industry - Scheme Specific Skills BR11110

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Cyflwyniad I Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG11400

Introduction To Livestock Production Systems BR11400

Semester 2

Cyflwyniad I Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG11410

Introduction To Livestock Production Systems BR11410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Sgiliau Astudio A Chyfathrebu BG12410

Study And Communication Skills BR12410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Llystyfiant Ac Ecosystemau BG12920

Vegetation And Ecosystems BR12920

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Farm Business Management And Appraisal BR21000

Principles Of Veterinary Science BR23110

Semester 2

Agronomy And Crop Improvement BR20320

Farm Business Management And Appraisal BR21020

Reproductive Physiology, Growth And Development BR23310

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Maeth Anifeiliaid Fferm, Ceffylau Ac Anifeiliaid Anwes BG20720

Applied Nutrition Of Livestock, Horses And Companion Animals BR20720

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23400

Research Methods BR23400

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23420

Research Methods BR23420

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG20400

Livestock Production Systems BR20400

Semester 2

Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG20420

Livestock Production Systems BR20420

Year 3 Core (120 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Work Experience RSS0000

Work Experience RSS0100

Semester 2

Work Experience RSS0060

Work Experience RSS0160

Final Year Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

The Agri-environment BR30420

Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31600

Semester 2

Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31620

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Taith Astudio Amaethyddol A'r Amgylchedd Gwaith BG34010

Agricultural Study Tour And The Work Environment BR34010

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Gwyddor Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG30800

Livestock Production Science BR30800

Semester 2

Gwyddor Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG30820

Livestock Production Science BR30820

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig BG32300

Dissertation BR32300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig BG32330

Dissertation BR32330

Final Year Options Choose 20 credits. Where modules are offered bilingually or in EITHER semester, choose your preferred language or semester if applicable.

Semester 2

Livestock And Equine 'omic' Technologies BR30610

Animal Breeding BR30710

Crop And Grassland Production Science BR32020

Both Semesters

Cyfathrebu Ymchwil BG31710

Communicating Research BR31710

Employability

Your BSc in Agriculture with Animal Science opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for work as an agricultural consultant or farm manager, and because of your specialism in animal science, you will also succeed in animal-related management, animal nutrition, productivity, and welfare.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation. You will have first-rate technical and biological knowledge, combined with the ability to manage a farm or agricultural business efficiently, productively and safely. You will be confident in handling data and will be a strong communicator in both written and oral forms. You will also have valuable skills in the management of people, animals and resources, and will possess the latest expertise in agricultural best practice.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This course includes a one-year industrial placement in a related agricultural business, enabling you to gain hands-on experience of agricultural and animal management. This may be tailored to meet your particular requirements and cover farm management, the agricultural support sector or research and development.

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and field visits. You will have plenty of opportunities to apply your academic learning in practical activities and workshops. You will also look at the connection between research and analysis exercises and their real-world outputs in the form of improved technology and improved animal welfare.

Among many skills, you will learn to: review and select relevant information from a wealth of scientific and technical literature; understand and explain the implications of developments in subjects such as nutrition and production systems; implement improvements to agricultural business models; and plan projects and manage them in simulations and practical exercises.

You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations and exams. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. In all these areas you will need to demonstrate scientific rigour and apply a systematic approach to the problems with which you are presented.

The university's vibrant culture of learning will support you in your agricultural training and encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your theoretical and practical expertise so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

What do I love about Agriculture at Aberystwyth University? The people - students from a wide range of backgrounds, all getting together, sharing experiences and learning together. Lecturers with a passion for their subject, who are down to earth and approachable. The place - the green hills, quiet woods, impressive views, and the sea. The course - learning about a topic which is foundational to society; stretching my mind with new knowledge, and shivering out in freezing farmyards (yes, even that has a kind of pleasure to it!). That's what I love about agriculture here. Benjamin David Latham

I love the practical aspect of the Animal Science course as well as the interesting lectures. Being able to choose a pathway means we are able to specialize and study what we are most interested in. Being based in Aberystwyth means there is plenty of scope for lambing and farm work alongside my studies. Lewis Wescott

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Entry Requirements

A Levels BCC with C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies, Maths, Physics)

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 with 5 points in a relevant science subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
Pass overall with 70% in a science subject

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: D4D3

Typical A-level offer
BCC with C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies, Maths, Physics)

Further details on entry requirements

Course Length: 4 Years

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