Understand the science behind the fascinating and essential bond between humans and animals. Explore the role of animals as pets, in zoos, on farms, in therapy, and in conservation. Graduate and make a difference in an exciting and expanding industry.
This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.
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 companions (pets), in zoos, farms, human therapy, and conservation contexts. You’ll study how humans can influence the wellbeing of animals and vice versa. You’ll learn to manage, protect and promote these relationships to enhance people’s lives, animal welfare and the environment. Learning is brought to life with real-life case studies and industry placements.
You’ll examine the complexities of human-animal interactions, from the use of animals as resources (such as in agriculture), to helping children to read and improving the wellbeing of people with mental and physical illness. During each year of the programme, you’ll explore human psychology and how it relates to the human-animal bond, including within animal-assisted interventions (AAIs). You’ll also develop a deep understanding of animal health, behaviour and welfare, ensuring that you understand the needs of animals.
Once you’ve successfully completed your Foundation year, you’ll progress into the first year of the BSc Human Animal Interaction degree and gain an understanding of the key principals through core modules. During your second and third years of the BSc degree programme, you’ll be able to tailor your degree to suit your interests. Choose from a range of modules, including animals in education, wildlife and zoo management, and applied business management, amongst others. These will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of sectors wherever human and animal interaction is key, such as charitable organisations, zoo and wildlife parks, the pet industry and the allied veterinary industries.
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 to volunteer on campus in our commercial animal and equine therapy centres, as well as with industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally. You’ll have the option to undertake a sandwich placement year in industry if you desire, and will complete a final year module involving a short work placement. Many Hartpury students gain their graduate roles with the organisations in which they completed their work placements.
This course is ideal for those who...
Are fascinated by the human-animal bond and would like to work with humans and animals to expand understanding and application of this partnership in a wide variety of ways.
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.
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. Typical graduate destinations could include working within:
- The charity sector for organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
- Education as lecturers, researchers or supporting staff
- The zoo and wildlife sector as animal keepers and in an educational role
- Pet and related industries in animal welfare roles
- Allied veterinary industries
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Four years full-time (five years with integrated placement year)