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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 or 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 mental and 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, including 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 a range of modules from animal-assisted therapy to wildlife and zoo management. You could also further understand the fascinating areas of wildlife conservation, education, 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 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.

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
  • Pet and related industries
  • Allied veterinary industries

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-level | 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 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 to ensure this is the right course for you.

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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