UCAS code:
D3C8

Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Human Animal Interaction

Understand the science underpinning the interaction between humans and animals

Understand the science underpinning the bond between humans and animals. Graduate ready to make a difference in an exciting and expanding employment industry.

This degree is the first of its kind in the UK. Central to it is the examination of the role that animals have in enriching human lives – as pets, in zoos, farms and conservation contexts. You’ll study how humans influence the environments that animals live in and how education can promote animal welfare and conservation. Learning is brought to life with real-life case studies, industry placements and during student-animal interventions on site.

You’ll examine the benefits of human-animal interaction across the human lifespan, from the use of animals as resources (such as in agriculture and the military) to helping children to read and improving the wellbeing of people with physical illness. In your first year you’ll explore human psychology and how it relates to the human-animal bond. You’ll also develop strong foundations for further learning in animal biology, animal handling, health and disease, and behaviour and welfare.

In your second and final years you’ll be able to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals. You could study animal-assisted therapy or animals and psychological health in humans. You could also further understand the fascinating area of animal conservation, welfare and ethics, which will prepare you for a career in this sector.

Industry opportunities

Gaining experience in industry is a core part of the degree, to ensure you're ready for employment when you graduate. You'll benefit from opportunities on-campus in our commercial animal therapy centres as well as with our industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally. You'll also have the option to undertake a sandwich placement year in industry. Many of our students gain their graduate roles with the organisations they completed their work placements with.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are fascinated by the human-animal bond and would like to work with humans and animals to further the therapeutic benefits of this relationship

Teaching

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.

Learning and assessment

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:

  • Charity
  • Animal related education
  • Zoo and wildlife sector
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Counselling and bereavement
  • Pet and veterinary

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

3 Year
Duration:
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

General: 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-levels: 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. Students without biological sciences will be considered for Foundation year entry.

Vocational Award: Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate: We welcome students with the International Baccalaureate Diploma qualification. Offers will be based upon the constituent components to include a grade 3 at higher level biological science. Please contact the admissions team for more information.

Access: We welcome students with Access qualifications. Certain programmes require a pass at level 3 in specific units. Please contact the admissions team for more information.

Mature and international applicants: Mature and international applicants are welcomed. Mature applicants that are not applying for a programme straight from formal education will be expected to demonstrate suitability for the course.

In the case of international applications, we will attempt to establish the equivalency of qualifications and the same criteria and assessment is used as for home students. An IELTS English qualification is expected for international applicants without a GCSE Grade C or above (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) in English Language.

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.