Animal Science

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The MSc in Animal Science at Aberystwyth University provides you with high quality research-led postgraduate teaching and education. With a strong emphasis on student-centred study, this degree will enable you to pursue your own interests in animal science, whilst also acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career across the breadth of animal sciences.

On this course, you will study animal science and its application to nutrition, breeding and animal management. This will enable you to be ideally placed to ensure that the 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.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent.  Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

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Course Overview

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 800 ha of farmland, a 350 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.

About this course


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.

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.

Course Fees: 

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.

Modules September start - 2023

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Breeding and Genetics BRM5820 20
Infection and Immunity BRM1620 20
Research Methods in the Biosciences BRM6420 20
Dissertation BRM3560 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Grassland Science BRM5120 20
Livestock Nutrition BRM0320 20
Livestock Production Science BRM5420 20
Equine Nutrition BRM5320 20
Equine Reproductive Physiology and Breeding Technology BRM5220 20
Understanding Equine Action: from Anatomy to Behaviour BRM6220 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh



Our Animal Science students often progress to careers in:

  • Scientific research
  • Scientific publishing
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Welfare
  • Teaching
  • Animal breeding
  • Consultancy
  • 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.