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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University

This course teaches a combination of scientific knowledge and animal management skills. It is highly vocational in nature, with a strong emphasis on practical learning and work experience.You'll focus on animal welfare and its application across a host of sectors.

Why choose this course?

  • Successful completion of this course to a satisfactory level allows progression on to the final-year of BSc (Hons) Animal Biology. This means you have the potential to gain a full BSc honours degree in three years.
  • Study is supported by our purpose-built Animal Unit - home to around 150 animals from 40 different species.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey.
  • You'll also have access to our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library.

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (93%), written (0%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 2 coursework (58%), written (17%) and practical (25%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%) and placements (0%).

A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Animal Science graduates are well-placed for entry into a variety of careers within the animal industry. Potential areas for employment include work in the following alongside behaviour consultants or animal trainers:

  • wildlife parks
  • zoological collections
  • welfare organisations
  • governmental departments.

Alternatively, you may decide to use your degree as a progression route to further study.

Placement opportunities

The course includes an optional placement year between Year One and Year Two.

Recent students placements have included:

  • Dogwise Hydrotherapy
  • Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG), South Africa
  • Earth, Sea and Sky Ltd, Wildlife Information Centre, Zakynthos
  • Gorse Hill City Farm
  • Rand Farm Park
  • Reptile Zone
  • Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary
  • White Post Farm
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • Weirfield Wildlife Hospital
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park.


The Animal Unit

Housing over 150 animals and more than 40 species on an idyllic 200-hectare woodland estate, there's no better environment for the study of small and larger animals than the animal unit at our Brackenhurst Campus. It's designed to facilitate a range of courses and to give you the knowledge and practical skills you'll need to secure a job in the industry.

The Animals

You'll get the opportunity to study a diverse range of companion animals, reptiles, birds, fish and other small animals at Brackenhurst, as well as larger animals including donkeys, horses and goats.

Our Animals and Resources

Rodent room

Our rodent room houses a wide variety of species, including rats, hamsters, mice, gerbils, chinchillas and degus.

Reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates

We house a diverse range of species including:

  • African Leopard tortoise
  • Bearded dragons
  • Panther chameleon
  • Leopard geckos and day geckos
  • White's Tree frogs
  • Uromastyx
  • a variety of snake species including a woma python and corn snakes
  • a range of invertebrates including tarantulas, praying mantis African land snails and giant millipedes.

Rabbit and Guinea Pig Rooms

We have spacious and enrichment filled enclosures housing various breeds of rabbit and guinea pig including Netherland Dwarf, Rex, Silver Fox, Mini Lop, and Lionhead Lop. Our rabbits and guinea pigs are housed in social groups where appropriate.

Ferret enclosure

This large enclosure provides plenty of space for our inquisitive and playful ferrets. We also have an internal house and storage space.


We have a 30-foot flight house for our cockatiels and budgies. This encourages natural flight and behaviour. Our birds have been breeding successfully for several years in this environment.


This room houses our unit cats who are also able to roam freely outside the unit and exhibit natural behaviour. Our cattery makes use of the room's height with lots of sleeping areas for our cats.

Isolation room

This room highlights the importance of isolating sick or injured animals away from others to avoid spreading infections, reduce the animals' stress and to closely monitor their food/ water intake, weight and general condition while they convalesce. The animal science and veterinary nursing students make good use of this room in connection with elements of their modules.

Outdoor tortoise enclosure

This houses our African Leopard Tortoise giving access to an outdoor run. This allows for the absorption of vitamin D which is imperative for the welfare of the tortoise.

Poultry paddock

There are a range of resident poultry, a variety of breeds of chicken, Chinese geese, Aylesbury and duck species, as well as guinea fowl and peafowl.

Goat paddock

We have a variety of goats including pygmy, pygmy crosses, Anglo-Nubian, Golden Guernsey and Boer. This paddock includes climbing mounds and scratching posts for environment enrichment for the goats. We also have an all-weather area for the goats for the winter months so they can continue to access range of enrichment.

Donkey paddock

We have four donkeys, Joseph, one of our original donkeys and three donkeys fostered from the Donkey Sanctuary, Arthur, Guinevere and Gabriel who are a family unit of father, mother and son.

Outdoor Research Arena: Dog agility

We have a variety of agility equipment such as tunnels, jumps, weaves, a seesaw and an A-frame. This paddock is also used for dog obedience practical sessions.


You'll find a variety of equipment available at the Animal Unit to support your research project. This includes:

  • A thermal camera
  • Digital camcorders with specialist software
  • Time lapse camera
  • Mammal traps
  • Digital video recording facilities in some animal rooms


Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.

Our biodiversity analysis of the library site highlighted the need to check for protected species such as bats and great crested newts. We've created new ponds, fence-ringed areas and bespoke habitats as part of our mitigation strategy.

Peregrine falcons – live streaming

The Newton building at Nottingham Trent University has, for the last decade, been home to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons, who nest on an outside ledge near the top. Watch live footage or archive video of them nesting, laying eggs and rearing their chicks.

Green Flag status

Brackenhurst Campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James's Park.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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