Harper Adams University College Agriculture With Animal Science

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Harper Adams University College Agriculture With Animal Science

BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Animal Science

Duration: 4 years full-timeStart date: September 2017

The course

The temperate climate of the UK is ideally suited to pastoral farming and animal production is essential to the rural economy, with around 60 per cent of UK agricultural output derived from the livestock sector. In addition to the science and technology associated with modern animal production, livestock specialists need to understand the animal welfare, food quality and environmental issues facing the industry. They must also be able to evaluate and apply advances in biotechnology to ensure a sustainable future for livestock farmers and a competitive market for animal products. Harper Adams has a long history in applied livestock research, close links with industry, and highly qualified and experienced staff.

What you study

All agriculture students share a common first year, studying the same modules, before focusing on their specialism; this allows students to change course during the first year.

The first year of the course provides a general introduction to agriculture in terms of animal and crop production, underpinning biological and environmental science, an introduction to farm business management and marketing, and agricultural mechanisation. In the second year of the course you start to specialise in the area of animal science, studying areas such as animal production science, farm animal nutrition, farm animal health and welfare, and biotechnology, whilst continuing to study more general aspects of agriculture such as grass and forage production, waste management and farm business management and economics. In the final part of the course your specialisation becomes complete and the focus is on animal science, studying areas such as sustainable animal production systems, advances in animal science, animal breeding and bioethics, animal product processing and a research project focused on animal science.

Harper Adams University College Agriculture With Animal Science


The applied nature of this course helps you to develop skills that are in demand within the livestock sector and ancillary industries. Career opportunities are excellent, with students finding employment both on home farms and as livestock enterprise and farm managers. Commercial and technical opportunities are also available, or you could go on to postgraduate study.