Applied Animal Science (subject to approval)

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus, Edinburgh Campus


Throughout the course you will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of animal science and its applications, together with a foundation in biological principles and practical and laboratory skills. You will gain the knowledge needed to improve the productivity and sustainability of livestock productions systems, to control disease epidemics, to raise standards of animal welfare and to enhance wildlife biodiversity.

You will gain an awareness of the future demands of our growing population in a time of climate change and the role that animal scientists can play in addressing these. An understanding of the environmental, ethical and economic contexts in which the sector operates will also be acquired. More specifically you will study the growth, nutrition, reproduction, health, welfare and behaviour of animals, placing animals at the centre of global issues.

Content includes: Comparative Physiology; Host-pathogen Interactions; Animal Conservation; Animal Breeding and Genetics; Animals and Climate Change.

Note: While the full course is offered at the Edinburgh campus (and can be studied full-time or part-time), a top-up degree (years 3 and 4 only) are also offered at the Barony campus. Those with a relevant HND or foundation degree can apply for entry into year 3 at Barony or Edinburgh.

Entry Requirements

4 Highers at BBCC including Biology or Chemistry plus English and Maths at National 5.

Start Date





BSc/BSc Hons

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

6-8 years


Animal and Biological Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General