This course will develop your scientific understanding of the nutrition, physiology and production of animals and how they interact with their physical environment. Our Agricultural and Livestock Science degree is designed for those students who are interested in the more applied aspects of animal science – the production and management of commercial livestock within animal-based agricultural systems. The course will develop your scientific understanding of the nutrition, physiology and production of animals and how they interact with their physical environment. This scientific approach is combined with modules in business management so that you also gain an understanding of how to manage groups of animals from a business and consultancy perspective. As part of our applied approach, teaching and field trips involve staff from a wide range of commercial businesses. Your final year research project offers the opportunity to become involved in the research activities of one the country's top agricultural research centres on campus. The degree is based at the Sutton Bonington Campus, known internationally for its applied animal science research in fertility, nutrition, reproduction and product quality. The on-campus University Farm has dairy and sheep enterprises and is close to other farms with livestock-based systems. Our Dairy Centre is a ‘DairyCo’ knowledge transfer site and hosts many demonstration events for the dairy industry. We milk 200 Holstein cows and rear our own replacements.
You will graduate with a range of transferable skills that employers value. These include business and technical knowledge, IT skills, problem solving, self-reliance and communication skills. This means you will be well placed for a variety of careers such as: animal nutritionists livestock consultants livestock business consultants livestock market analysts Managers on farms and livestock-related industries teaching further study, including veterinary science, PhDs or research positions in further education or industry