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BSc (Hons) Human Animal Interaction

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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


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 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 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?

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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