Our MSc in Animal Science provides students with the research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching, education and professional training required 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. Through a strong emphasis on student centred study you will encounter many opportunities to develop your skills in original thought, analysis, interpretation and reasoning; as well as encouraging you, where appropriate, to pursue your own specific areas of interest. As such you will develop into a reflective, autonomous researcher. On graduation you will be ideally placed to ensure that the demands of production and welfare are appropriately balanced through the development and implementation of innovative management practices and dissemination of knowledge and advice to practitioners.
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) has an internationally renowned reputation for teaching and research in animal sciences.
With 360 members of staff, 1350 undergraduate students and more than 150 postgraduate students IBERS is the largest Institute within Aberystwyth University. Our excellence in teaching was recognised by outstanding scores in the National Student Satisfaction Survey (2016), with three courses recording 100% student satisfaction and a further 10 scoring above the national average. IBERS has previously been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The latest employability data shows that 92% of IBERS graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University. Our joint submission with Bangor University to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) displayed that 78% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent, and 97% of our research is internationally recognised with 76% judged as world-leading in terms of research impact.
Opportunity to attend conferences with lectures from international animal science experts.
Undertake a challenging course taught by enthusiastic, helpful and research-active staff, and further enhanced by contributions from experts and academics, many of whom are of international renown.
IBERS has an equine teaching yard and the only dedicated and fully licensed equine research yard in the UK outside of veterinary colleges.
IBERS has 1000 ha of farmland, a 400 cow dairy unit, upland and lowland sheep and beef units and a flock of layer hens.
Course structure and content
This course can be studied one year full-time or up to 24 months part-time. When studied full-time, the course is divided into three semesters. During the first two semesters, students complete 120 taught credits (six 20 credit modules), which are delivered primarily through lectures, practicals, field trips, workshops, and seminars.
During the final semester (June to September), you will complete your master’s dissertation and will arrange your level of contact with your assigned dissertation supervisor.
Animal Breeding and Genetics Infection and Immunity Research Methods in the Biosciences Dissertation
Equine Nutrition or Livestock Nutrition Equine Reproductive Physiology and Breeding Technology Grassland Science Livestock Production Science Understanding Equine Action: from Anatomy to Behaviour
Depending on the modules chosen, assessment is via a mix of written assignments (essays, reports, case studies, research projects, research critiques, research proposals, critical reviews, and abstracts), written examinations, seminar presentations, and online assignments.
Successful submission of the dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an MSc.
This course will empower you to:
Advance your specialised knowledge in Animal Science Enhance your problem-solving and data handling skills Develop study and research skills Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of study Develop your skills of original thought, analysis, evaluation, interpretation and reasoning Enhance your communication skills Work effectively independently and as part of a team
Our Animal Science students often progress to careers in:
Academia Scientific research and development Public and private commercial enterprise Scientific publishing Animal nutrition Animal welfare Teaching and training Animal breeding Consultancy and advisory work Laboratory work Government agencies and non-government organisations All throughout the world.
Many of our previous graduates have also progressed to PhDs or veterinary medicine.