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About Applied Anthrozoology at Nottingham Trent University

Anthrozoology is the study of human and animal interactions. There is an increased awareness of the importance of understanding the relationships between humans and other species across a wide variety of circumstances, from agricultural production, companionship and sporting disciplines, to situations where the human-animal interaction can be utilised for mutual benefit.

Why choose this course?

  • You can undertake an international research project using NTU's links with national and international welfare, conservation, performance animal and animal behaviour projects.
  • The Animal Unit and Equestrian Centre at Brackenhurst campus facilitate a wide variety of potential research projects in Anthrozoology.
  • Brackenhurst campus offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
  • You'll have access to a 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013.

How you're taught

You'll be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You'll also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff.

Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research. You will research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, and communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

Teaching is supported by our modern Animal Unit which houses over 150 animals from 40 different species. The collection consists of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the animal unit that contain research equipment and essential resources to enhance your learning experience. You'll also benefit from our veterinary and equestrian facilities, as well as our working farm that includes sheep, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.

Careers and employability

Your course leader and lecturers are actively involved in liaising with external agencies and industry to ensure the course is relevant and meets the needs of employers. Successful completion of the course will create employment opportunities within the wider animal sector, as well as within research areas, such as animal, human health and sport industries. Some examples are:

  • animal welfare organisations (RSPCA, Blue Cross, International League for the Protection of Horses, Dogs Trust and World Horse Welfare)
  • international animal federations (e.g. Federation Equestrienne Internationale, Federation Cynologique Internationale, Olympic Committee)
  • sporting/performance industries and organisations (e.g. Wetherby's and The Kennel Club)
  • animal consultancy - Health, Behaviour, Training and Welfare
  • charitable societies, Governing bodies and relevant NGOs
  • sports psychology
  • competition training
  • rehabilitation
  • animal related Law
  • animal / Equine Journalism
  • coaching
  • counselors / Therapists
  • lecturing
  • research industry, research assistant.

There is also the possibility of further postgraduate research.


The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is located at the University's Brackenhurst campus, an idyllic 200-hectare estate in a rural setting approximately 14 miles from Nottingham. It is close to the picturesque minster town of Southwell and has good public transport and road links with Nottingham.

The campus is an ideal study location with bespoke scientific facilities, teaching resources and accommodation. There is a modern Animal Unit which houses over 200 animals representing over 60 different species. The collection consists mainly of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the Animal Unit which contain various research equipment and essential resources to enhance the learning experience. On campus there are also veterinary and equestrian facilities, a working farm including arable and protected crop production, 200 breeding ewes, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.

Brackenhurst Campus

We have invested over £20 million in our facilities at the Brackenhurst campus over the last few years. Our beautiful 200-hectare estate acts as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research. The estate is home to a diverse range of species including kestrels, yellowhammers, hedgehogs, badgers, and great crested newts.

  • Home to around 1,300 students and approximately 14 miles from the city centre.
  • A beautiful countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscape gardens.
  • Buses every 15-20 minutes throughout the day heading from the campus straight into the heart of the city, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • Access to an animal unit housing over 200 animals and representing over 60 different species.
  • Veterinary and equestrian facilities.
  • A 200 hectare working farm.
  • Latest facilities including our high-tech glasshouse.
  • New library.
  • Regularly hosts training and squad days for Agility Team GB, giving students a unique opportunity to work with international level dogs and their handlers.

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Entry requirements

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

Pre-masters and 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 pre-masters and 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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