Animal Science

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Animal Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with high quality research-led postgraduate teaching and education in the field of animal science.

You will study animal science and its application to nutrition, breeding and animal management. On completion of the course, you will 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 BSc honours degree (2:2) in a related subject at undergraduate level OR 2 years relevant experience working in the sector

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Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Animal Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a highly informed, high quality postgraduate teaching experience in the areas of equine/animal nutrition, equine reproduction, equine behaviour and anatomy, livestock nutrition and production, as well as grassland science. This course is taught by leading scientists in their respective fields and you will learn about the latest scientific advances in these primary areas of animal and equine research. This advanced subject knowledge and qualification is highly recognised by both the animal science industry and animal-related professions.

This online distance learning programme is designed to fit around your work and life demands. It is aimed at professionals working in the animal science field who would like to update their knowledge and gain qualifications as well as new graduates and graduates hoping to move into the animal science field. It 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.

About this course


12 months distance learning

Start date:

September, January or 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 - 2022

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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Grassland Systems BDM5120 20
Ruminant Nutrition BDM0320 20
Ruminant Production BDM5420 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.

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

Our programmes have been designed to be as accessible and flexible as possible, particularly for those in full-time employment or living outside the UK. As long as you have internet access you can study wherever and whenever is convenient for you, enabling you to update your knowledge and develop your critical skills.

There are three intakes per year so you can start in January, May or September. Each 14 week module includes recorded lectures from academics and industry experts (where possible), along with guided readings, discussion forums and written assignments.

You will choose three 20-credit modules from a choice of six, so you can focus on the themes which are most relevant to you.

What will I learn?

You will choose a selection of modules covering equine and animal nutrition, equine anatomy and behaviour, livestock production science, equine reproductive physiology and breeding, and grassland science.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via coursework (namely reports and essays, but also literature reviews, case studies, business plans and data analysis tasks), presentations and forum discussion.