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About the course

Our MSc in Animal Science provides students with research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching and education. By providing you with biological, scientific and professional training in the field of Animal Science, this course will enable you to pursue leading careers in a wide range of Animal Science related fields throughout the world. Throughout this course you will be able to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore collaborations with veterinarians, scientists and the industry, learning about the latest scientific advances in the field of animal science. You will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher, with a wide and expert understanding of both animal biology and its applications, and how to ensure that the demands of production and animal welfare are appropriately balanced.

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Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) or above in Animal Science, Biological Sciences and Agricultural Science or closely related discipline. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.


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Where is Aberystwyth University

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Student Profile(s)

Sarah Parkinson
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Equine and Animal Nutritionist, Allen and Page

I chose to study for my MSc in Animal Science after I discovered my love for nutrition during my studies for my BSc in Bioveterinary Science. I chose this degree to broaden my scientific knowledge and focus more on the specific nutrition for livestock and horses. The MSc pushed me academically and helped improve my knowledge not only in well-established subjects but also opened up areas of new research that is of extreme current importance within the food chain and also the environment. My dissertation looking at poultry nutrition helped me to improve my critical thinking, planning and scientific writing skills.

Since graduating from Aberystwyth I moved straight into the animal nutrition sector. I am currently an equine and animal nutritionist working for Allen & Page. The experiences and knowledge that I have gained at Aberystwyth have been invaluable in helping me get to where I am now and preparing me for a career in science.

Amanda Warr
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PhD Student University of Edinburgh

I took an unusual route to Animal Science; following my GCSEs I did a hands-on animal care course, then I went on to do a BSc in Zoology where I developed a passion for genetics. Genetics is a very complicated subject and I felt that it was important to have a strong base knowledge of animal biology, to understand how genetics can affect the whole animal, and animal breeding, to understand how we can use this knowledge to breed animals for specific traits. I felt like the major gap in my knowledge was around horses and livestock, having largely covered pets and wild animals in my previous training. So I went to Aberystwyth to take an MSc in Animal Science. The MSc covered a range of topics, introducing me to subjects I knew nothing about and improving upon my knowledge of molecular genetics and genetics in livestock breeding. My dissertation project involved using Next-Generation Sequencing to identify bacteria in horses with Inflammatory Airway Disease and involved collaboration with Cotts Equine Hospital. The course was certainly challenging, but was also thoroughly enjoyable. The group of students taking the course was quite small, and we all got on extremely well; I am still in touch with many of them. The lecturers were friendly, approachable and organized, and were always willing to help with any problems we were having.

Having completed my MSc I was accepted for a 4-year PhD in Genetics and Genomics at The University of Edinburgh in The Roslin Institute. My project involves using bioinformatics to find genetic variants in the pig genome that could be used to improve pork production or that could be used in medical modelling of human diseases. The use of sequencing in my MSc dissertation project not only helped me to get this position, but let me experience the practical side of genetics and genomics, helping me to really understand my data now. The MSc modules relating to genetics and statistics were extremely important in preparing me for the work I am doing, but I also find I am drawing from my knowledge of many of the other subjects we learned about such as endocrinology, reproduction and immunology.

The MSc in Animal Science at Aberystwyth gave me exactly what I was looking for: the knowledge and experience I needed to further my career, some lifelong friends and some wonderful memories."

Jenna Thompson
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PhD Student University of Bristol at North Wyke Rothamsted Research

I graduated from Aberystwyth in 2001 with a BSc Animal Science degree and after a few years working within the agricultural industry I decided to return to Aberystwyth in 2012 to do MSc Animal Science. I wanted to add to my experience in the industry by developing my scientific knowledge further. My previous experience at Aberystwyth and knowing that they were active in research areas that interested me were key reasons why I chose to return there.
The MSc was very challenging and hard work, but I really enjoyed the course and it gave me the opportunity to get back into an academic situation and this has led to me now doing a PhD through the University of Bristol at North Wyke Rothamsted Research, Devon. My PhD is considering the environmental and productivity impacts of different types of grassland management systems on pasture based beef production. North Wyke has a unique facility called the Farm Platform which I am using to measure inputs and outputs of these systems.

Ruth Clamp
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Studying for PhD Aberystwyth University

After completing a BSc in Equine and Human Sport Science at Aberystwyth, I decided to develop my scientific knowledge of a wider range of animals by undertaking the Animal Science MSc course. The MSc was a challenge which I enjoyed. I liked the course design, giving core subjects that gave a good broad biological knowledge of the subject areas and also option modules which develop the core modules further in either equine or livestock areas. Lecturers on the course were very helpful and willing to help when needed.

Throughout the MSc I developed an interest in immunology and endocrinology. I completed my dissertation looking at the innate immune response within bovine mammary epithelial cells. This and many other skills that I learnt on the MSc course helped me to obtain Aberystwyth Doctoral Career Development Scheme funding to study for a PhD in bovine endometrial endocrinology and immunology.

Scholarships

Aberystwyth University is pleased to be able to offer a number of Scholarships within our world class Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Programmes available under scholarship:

- MSc Animal Science
- MSc Livestock Science

Each student obtaining a scholarship must intend to return to their own country to utilise their skills for the benefit of their own countrymen.

Contact Dr Mina Davies- Morrel for more details - mid@aber.ac.uk

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees & on average £8000 living costs

Eligibility

See the Marshal Papworth website for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Criteria judged on - qualifications, work and job related experiences and the standard of the application form.

Application Procedure

See Marshal Papworth website for application details.
https://www.marshalpapworth.com/how-to-apply/

See Aberystwyth University for course and application details.
https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/

Further Information

https://www.marshalpapworth.com/how-to-apply/

We are delighted to offer eligible international (non UK/EU domiciled) applicants to undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes an Inclusive Accommodation Offer. If you are accepted to study at Aberystwyth University, the normal tuition fees for the course will include your accommodation costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 discount off university managed accommodation

Eligibility

All eligible full-fee paying international students beginning their studies on an undergraduate programme, or a postgraduate programme (including those on pre-University English language programmes leading to enrolment at the University) in the 2020/2021 academic year will automatically receive the inclusive accommodation offer.

Application Procedure

All you need to do is apply to study at Aberystwyth University by 1 August 2020 and be accepted onto the course. Full details of how the accommodation will be allocated will be published on our website soon.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/international/taught/inclusive-accommodation/

Recipients of Sports Scholarships are expected to contribute to a Students' Union Sports Club and would normally be expected to represent the University in the sport for which the Scholarship was awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 p.a.

Eligibility

Sports Scholarships are intended for UK/EU applicants to the University who can demonstrate recent achievement of a high standard in sport, and a commitment to developing their sporting performance whilst at university. You can hold a Sports Scholarship for any full-time course at Aberystwyth.

Application Procedure

A Sports Scholarship application form must be submitted by 31st July in the year of entry to the University.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/undergrad/before-you-apply/scholarships/

Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline and held for the duration of the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£650 p.a.

Eligibility

Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players for orchestra/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 15th June in the year of entry to University.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/music/bursaries/

Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee

Eligibility

Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.

Application Procedure

Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/uk/taught/

Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by the closing date.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/international/taught/

Applications should be made directly to the charitable trust, via their website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £7,000

Eligibility

For students from Wales undertaking postgraduate study.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is the end of June preceding the start date of the course.

Further Information

http://www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru/

Awarding body: Worshipful Company of Saddlers Mason’s Institute .

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,250

Eligibility

The Mason's Bursary is normally open to all IBERS MSc courses. Applicants must have or expect to gain at least a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms will not be required. Standard course applications must be received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office before the deadline along with a letter stating your interest in being considered for the bursary.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/calculator/

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University is offering two scholarships to students in Malaysia and four scholarships to students in China applying for any of our postgraduate taught courses.

This scholarship scheme is part of the "GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia" campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities. It offers an exciting opportunity for East Asian students wishing to gain financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,500

Eligibility

Applicants from China must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth University by 30th March 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Applicants from Malaysia must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth by 30th June 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Application Procedure

The Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2nd class upper division). Separate scholarship application forms are not required. Applicants should write 'I am applying for the GREAT Scholarship' on their postgraduate application form.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/international/taught/other-funding/

Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must:

• be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
• hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
• achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
• have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
• be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

TBC

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to International students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue full-time postgraduate study in the UK. The scholarships are primarily for those who wish to undertake a Taught Masters degree.

Application Procedure

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - please see their website for further details.

Further Information

https://www.chevening.org/

IBERS International Scholarship allows for discounts of up to 80% on our Distance Learning. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students based on merit on a per module basis. You can apply for between 1 and 7 modules, including dissertation. The level of support awarded may vary between modules. You will be informed of the award amount for each of your modules before you proceed.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Discount of up to 80% on our DL modules

Eligibility

• Be a citizen of or working in a Global South country
• Hold at least a 2.1 degree OR be working for a non-commercial organisation with a focus on agricultural development or environmental protection
• Meet all of the course entry requirements including IELTS level 6.5

Application Procedure

To apply follow the link: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/study-with-us/ibers-pg-study/ibers-dl/#fees-and-scholarships

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/study-with-us/ibers-pg-study/ibers-dl/#fees-and-scholarships

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