B.Sc. On Campus

Animal Science with Placement Year

University of Reading

48 months
24500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Animal Science with Placement Year degree offered at the University of Reading will guide you if you would like a future working with animals, this degree offers the perfect route into a wide range of careers in industry, research, education or the veterinary sector.


At the University of Reading studying the Animal Science with Placement Year degree includes a relevant industrial placement year in the UK or abroad between the second and final year.

Animal science focuses on the scientific disciplines that underpin the management of captive, productive and companion animals. These include reproduction, nutrition, health and welfare.

Whether you have experience working with animals or not, our supportive academics will give you the individual attention to make sure you get the most out of your studies.

There are plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience on a number of active research projects where you will develop key skills in team working, problem solving and data handling. You can choose to study the science and management of horses, or small animal management studies with specialist organisations, and our award-winning campus and satellite facilities offer a range of opportunities for fieldwork.

We offer two optional field trip modules, a week at Jersey’s Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and a two-week field trip to South Africa.

At Durrell you will learn about the maintenance of the animal collection, which includes primates, bears, birds, bats and reptiles. You will also attend lectures and seminars concerning the wider role of zoos.

In South Africa you will look at the conservation of wild animals in their natural environment and take part in seminars and safari drives while completing practical research activities.

If you haven’t made your mind up about your future career, this degree can help you to discover new areas of interest, as well as offering the flexibility to let you adapt and specialise as you learn.

If you would like to make a difference to the health and well-being of both animals and man in an ever-changing world, then Animal Science at the University of Reading is the degree for you.

What career can you have?

This degree offers strong transferable skills with real-world application, leading to many possible career paths.

Recent graduates have found scientific, technical and management positions in companies concerned with animal health and nutrition, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food. These companies include Dietex International, DuPont, BOCM Pauls and Innovex UK Ltd and The Ocean Mammal Institute. Other students have progressed into postgraduate education including MSc Animal Science, MSc Conservation Science, MSc Veterinary Microbiology and PhD in Animal Science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Building blocks of life
  • Career planning 
  • Digestion and nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Metabolic biochemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typical offer

BBB, including Biology and one other science subject (Chemistry preferred)

Acceptable science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

  • International Baccalaureate

30 points overall, including Biology and one other science subject at higher level (Chemistry preferred)

  • Extended Project Qualification

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.

  • BTEC National Diploma

DDM (Modules taken must be comparable to A level subjects specified)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24500 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Reading

903 - 1382 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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