Course Overview

The applied animal science course is a top-up to convert the FdSc Animal Science degree (or a foundation degree in a similar subject area such as animal management, welfare or conservation) into a full Honours degree.

Your studies will encompass a dedicated research project in an area of animal or land-based science that interests you. The applied animal science course explores a broad range of topics to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of current issues in animal science, such as sustainable food production, conservation, bioethics and behavioural ecology.

The course focuses strongly on developing the leadership and practical skills required by employers. You will undertake training and attend conferences that complement your interests and career aspirations, ensuring a comprehensive and advanced skillset and making you an effective and confident practitioner. Examples have included The Mammal Society Conference, ecological surveying, animal nursing qualification and dog grooming qualifications.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time and modular study available
Full Honours Degree Top-up
Awarded by
University of Plymouth
1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2023 - June 2025 (full-time) September 2023 - June 2026 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2022-23 are:

BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)

Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2022, please contact the team on [email protected]

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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I’ve always wanted to work closely with animals, and at the University Centre South Devon I was able to learn first-hand about animal behaviour, welfare and conservation. During my time at UCSD I was a project leader for a sustainable project that was funded by the NUS, which was a great experience to broaden my skills and development, and was an excellent addition to my CV. The tutors and staff were incredibly supportive, and the course has confirmed my desire to work with animals.

Victoria Tregelles