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BSc (Hons) Human Animal Interaction with Psychology

Progress into the field of clinical, social or evolutionary psychology

Gain practical skills and experience to progress into the field of animals and clinical, social or evolutionary psychology. The degree is the first of its kind in the UK and provides a great opportunity for you to move into an increasingly popular employment industry.

You’ll examine the role that animals have in enriching human lives – as pets or in farms, conservation and therapeutic contexts. Alongside this you’ll develop your understanding of human psychology and the different roles that animals play in the human psyche.

As part of the degree, you’ll examine fascinating subjects including human psychology, animal biology, health and disease and behaviour and welfare. Both the positive and negative outcomes of human-animal interaction are important learning areas; you’ll examine the psychological benefits that animals provide humans, as well as exploring topics such as psychological disorders and animal abuse or neglect. Examining these topics will give you valuable insights into prevalent industry topics and career options.

You’ll be exposed to the latest research and industry ideas, examining the fascinating psychology surrounding why we keep animals as pets and studying real-life case studies to bring your learning to life.  During the final two years of this degree you’ll be able to choose from a range of modules to suit your interests and career goals. You could specialise in animal-related subjects including animal psychology or equine behaviour, or take a more human-centred approach focussing on animal-assisted therapy or health-related exercise.

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 hydrotherapy centres as well as with our industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally. You’ll also have the option to undertake a 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 psychology underpinning human-animal interaction, and would like to progress into a career in this area.


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:

  • Animal assisted therapies
  • Clinical, social or evolutionary psychology at postgraduate level
  • Charity sector
  • Animal related education
  • Pet and veterinary sector

Is there an integrated placement year option?

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

Course Duration

3 Year
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

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-levels | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

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

Why study Animal at Hartpury University?

As a Hartpury animal student, you'll benefit from and get involved with the latest scientific research. You'll work with research-active lecturers to help solve real-world issues. Our students co-author papers and present at national and international conferences.

You'll benefit from access to over 70 domestic and non-domestic species on campus. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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