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Human Animal Interaction (Hons), B.Sc.

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  • 36 months
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Understand the science underpinning the bond between humans and animals during the Human Animal Interaction (Hons) course from Hartpury College. Graduate ready to make a difference in an exciting and expanding employment industry.
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This the Human Animal Interaction (Hons) course from Hartpury College is the first of its kind in the UK. Central to it is the examination of the role that animals have in enriching human lives – as pets, in zoos, farms and conservation contexts. You’ll study how humans influence the environments that animals live in and how education can promote animal welfare and conservation. Learning is brought to life with real-life case studies, industry placements and during student-animal interventions on site.

You’ll examine the benefits of human-animal interaction across the human lifespan, from the use of animals as resources (such as in agriculture and the military) to helping children to read and improving the wellbeing of people with physical illness. In your first year you’ll explore human psychology and how it relates to the human-animal bond. You’ll also develop strong foundations for further learning in animal biology, animal handling, health and disease, and behaviour and welfare.

In your second and final years you’ll be able to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals. You could study animal-assisted therapy or animals and psychological health in humans. You could also further understand the fascinating area of animal conservation, welfare and ethics, which will prepare you for a career in this sector.

Industry opportunities

Gaining experience in industry is a core part of the degree, to ensure you're ready for employment when you graduate. You'll benefit from opportunities on-campus in our commercial animal therapy centres as well as with our industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally. 

You'll also have the option to undertake a sandwich placement year in industry. Many of our students gain their graduate roles with the organisations they completed their work placements with.

Graduate destinations

As an animal graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, rescue, conservation or welfare centres. Studying an animal degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Charity
  • Animal related education
  • Zoo and wildlife sector
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Counselling and bereavement
  • Pet and veterinary

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time study options available.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Fundamental Skills for Anthrozoology 
  • Animals in Society 
  • Systems Biology 
  • Animal Health and Disease 
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • GCSE - A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language, Mathematics and a Science.
  • A-levels - Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels including one in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies. Students without biological sciences will be considered for Foundation year entry.
  • Vocational Award - Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - We welcome students with the International Baccalaureate Diploma qualification. Offers will be based upon the constituent components to include a grade 3 at higher level biological science.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Gloucester

  • 824 - 1570 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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