School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences

Nottingham Trent University

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University is one of the leading centres in the UK for animal and environmental sciences.

We’re based on Brackenhurst campus, just 14 miles outside Nottingham. A 200-hectare farm and woodland estate, it provides a dedicated learning environment that perfectly complements your studies . The rural campus has offered specialist courses for more than 50 years.

Our postgraduate courses are inspiring, innovative and designed to facilitate career progression or futures in research and academia. They are developed in conjunction with industry experts and informed by the latest research. You’ll learn from some of the leading practitioners in their fields, with our academic supervisors, tutors and lecturers being actively engaged in consultancy and global research.

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We offer the following postgraduate courses:

MSc / MRes Animal Health and Welfare
MRes Applied Anthrozoology
MSc / MRes Biodiversity Conservation
MSc / MRes Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation
MRes Equine Health and Welfare
MRes Equine Performance
MSc Equine Performance, Health and Welfare
MSc / MRes Global Food Security and Development


We’ve invested over £20 million at Brackenhurst campus, creating the perfect specialist learning environment for our courses. Our investment means you get to learn with the latest teaching and research equipment. Our facilities include:

  • Animal Unit – home to more than 200 animals of over 60 different species.
  • Equestrian Centre – including stabling for 65 horses, international size indoor and outdoor riding arenas and a horse walker.
  • Modern glasshouses – alongside polytunnels and a Victorian walled garden.
  • Veterinary Nursing Centre.
  • Industry standard Geographical Information System (GIS) hardware and software.
  • Industry standard food science laboratories.
  • A brand new library.

Nottingham is a great place to live with a fantastic choice of accommodation across the city. Here at Brackenhurst Campus, we are very proud of our modern and stylish en suite accommodation. Find out more at

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Student Reviews

Hannah Milankovic, MRes Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

“Before the course, I studied BSc Animal Biology at Nottingham Trent University. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, as well as the beautiful Brackenhurst Campus. The facilities are great on site, and I felt that I had lots of support from the lecturers and University throughout my degree.

“The MRes in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation focuses on how we can utilise our scientific knowledge and practical skills to benefit the recovery of endangered species through conservation genetics, mitigation, and other methods.

“The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in endangered species and would like to progress their skills in conserving the planet and wildlife.

“The course tutors are very supportive with their feedback, and present lectures with enthusiasm and passion. I’ve learnt invaluable skills such as communication, time management, laboratory skills and scientific writing. When I graduate, I hope to pursue a research centred role and begin a PhD.”

Wilmie Burton, MSc Biodiversity Conservation

“One of the key things that drew me to the MSc Biodiversity Conservation is the fact that it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It also ticked all the right boxes for the skills and knowledge that employers want to see.

“The course has some more technical modules such as GIS, and in-the-field modules which I enjoyed as my BSc degree contained a lot of  theory and lab work.

“The class size is a lot smaller than in the other universities that I know, so you get more opportunity for discussion and better teaching quality in lectures and seminars.

“Because CIEEM have been involved in the composition of the course and they are a leading body in the ecology and environmental work place, so having their name on my CV will make it stand out straight away.

“Doing the course also allows you to become an automatic student member of the CIEEM which is really a foot in the door. It means you get access to lots of extremely useful information and free or discounted training and networking opportunities.”

Alix Legond, MRes Applied Anthrozoology

“I was looking for specific courses related to human-animal relationships in an English-speaking country. NTU appeared to be the best option for me as it offered exactly what I was looking for.

“The course focuses on human-animal interactions in specific contexts, for example animal-assisted therapy, zoos, farms etc. It analyses the current state of knowledge related to human-animal interaction, the outcomes and issues, and whether animal welfare is impacted. We mainly study UK laws and standards in regards to animal welfare, however we also look at existing knowledge worldwide, mainly through scientific journals and publications.

“The course allows you to question your own beliefs and debate and share ideas with other students from differing backgrounds. To study this course you should be curious, self-determined and ready to challenge yourself.

“Jacqueline Boyd, the course leader, is very supportive, pragmatic, positive and open-minded. Other tutors are also supportive and passionate.”