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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Animal Management Top-Up

Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of your degree. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies.

Top-up your existing qualifications to a full BSc degree in one year. Develop your practical skills while learning on a campus that’s home to over 90 animal species. Focus on the topics that interest you and tailor your studies to suit your career goals.

Top-up your HND, foundation degree or equivalent to a full honours degree, tailoring your studies to suit you. You could immerse yourself in animal nutrition, developing your practical skills in our animal science labs. If you're passionate about human-animal interaction, you could study how animals are used in therapies and education. You could also pursue wildlife conservation, experiencing the behind-the-scenes working of a zoo on a residential trip.

You can choose from a diverse range of existing topics, including animal psychology, animal therapy, or biodiversity and conservation. You’ll have opportunities to improve you skills with access to exotic and domestic species. You could also choose to study larger species on our commercial farm, exploring animal production. 

If animal health and welfare is your passion, you could cover advanced animal nutrition, utilising our animal laboratories to develop your practical skills. Anthrozoology, which looks at the interaction between humans and animals, could be another option. You’ll explore the benefit of assistance animals, and how animals can help in education. If wildlife conservation is your passion, you could experience the behind-the-scenes working of a zoo as part of a residential trip.

You’ll also assess current industry research focusing on the important topics in animal management through an applied project. This will develop your research skills and give you a chance to focus on an area you’re most passionate about.

Industry opportunities

Our commercial canine and equine therapy centres, as well as our commercial farm offer you the opportunity to gain industry experience ready for your career. You’ll be encouraged and supported to find volunteering opportunities. Recent students have worked at organisations such as the Blue Cross, West Midlands Safari Park, the International Centre for Birds of Prey and Bristol Aquarium. Guest lecturers will give you valuable industry insights and field trips to places such as Guide Dogs for the Blind will strengthen your learning.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have a passion for animals and want to advance existing qualifications and experience into a full BSc degree to further their career options.

Learning and assessment

This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

As an animal graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, rescue, conservation or welfare centres. Studying an animal degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Zoo education officer
  • Animal nutrition advisor
  • Animal technician
  • School teaching or college lecturer
  • Postgraduate study
How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

Pass at HND or Foundation Degree in Animal Science, Management or related area. 

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

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.

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 studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 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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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.