BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

UCAS Code: D329

Three years full-time (Part-time options available)

The Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree programme will provide you with detailed knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and welfare. You will develop the practical abilities to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train animals and manage domestic, exotic and wild animals. You will also gain the knowledge and intellectual skills needed to understand current scientific thinking and develop new ideas in the fields of animal behaviour and animal welfare science. This will open up multiple career opportunities in the animal behaviour and welfare industries.

Hartpury’s on site facilities, such as Home Farm, the Equine Centre, the Animal Science Laboratories and the Animal Collection, help support teaching, whilst visits to external organisations (such as Cotswold Wildlife Park, Guide Dogs Training Facility, Bristol Aquarium and Sequani) help you appreciate how theory learned in lectures is applied in commercial and charitable organisations.

There are two optional extended field trips available as part of the programme. A field course module to South Africa runs in the second year of the programme. This will give you an opportunity to explore African ecology and ethology. Activities include animal tracking, day and night game drives, a visit to a Pillansberg National Park and individual student projects.

In the third year of the course there is a residential trip to a UK Zoo that is part of the Wildlife and Zoo Management module. This trip enables you to evaluate the environmental and behavioural needs of a range of non-domestic animal species and provides the opportunity to investigate the necessary criteria for the reintroduction of animals into the wild.

The programme’s curriculum is underpinned by research and we also support students in publishing and presenting their dissertation research at academic conferences. Our graduates have published their work in academic journals such as Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science and the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research.

The programme can be completed full time in three years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager.

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Course Duration

3 Year
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

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Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language, Mathematics and a Science

A Level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2017 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £11,250
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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How to apply


If you want to apply for an undergraduate, full-time course at Hartpury University Centre, you’ll need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here using the course code that you will find on the course page in our website.

The 'Apply' pages of the UCAS website give detailed guidance on completing your application and what happens after you apply so please read it carefully. It is important to ensure that all sections of the application are completed, paying particular attention to the qualifications, personal statement and reference sections.

The institution code for Hartpury is H22. 

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If you want to study a degree on a part-time basis, you need to apply directly to Hartpury. Complete the part-time application form and send it back to us by either:

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Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.

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Why study Animal at Hartpury University Centre?

We work with a range of organisations, including industry bodies and leading companies and charities, in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs and field trips.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Our Animal students are able to learn about and work with a wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species – not only with our on-site animal collection but at the farm and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres. It’s the best possible preparation for a career in the industry.

You’ll be more than just a number as an animal student at Hartpury University Centre. With small teaching groups and your own personal tutor, your lecturers will support you as an individual to achieve your ambitions, whether that’s working in animal science, welfare and conservation or in animal therapy-related roles.

Plus you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with plentiful opportunities to support staff with their projects and develop your own ideas in a broad range of areas, from animal health to welfare, behaviour and ecology.

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