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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

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Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 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

5308.jpg 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

5309.jpg 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

5314.jpg 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

5315.jpg 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.


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