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Online/Distance | University Centre Hartpury | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

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Course Summary

Course overview

Influence industry practice and advance your own expertise through impactful research in an area of animal science you’re passionate about. You’ll apply theory to practice in real-world settings, with access to academic expertise, advanced scientific equipment and extensive research subjects.

Improve the lives of animals

We’ll support you to design and deliver an impactful research project, focused on an external setting, such as your workplace, or utilising the unique resources available on our 360-hectare campus.

Technological and scientific developments are rapidly influencing the many aspects of animal science, making innovative research essential to sustainable practice. Our students uncover invaluable new knowledge that impacts real-world practice in animal behaviour, welfare, production, nutrition, reproduction and biomechanics.

Work with experts in the field

You’ll be supported by research-active lecturers, professors and industry professionals from Hartpury and our extensive networks. These include partnerships with national governing bodies, LEAF Farms, NAF, NFU, BEF, Jockey Club, UK Agility, RSPCA, PFMA, PIF and BIAZA.

Most of our learning and research facilities are also home to successful businesses, which means you’ll have access to real-world research subjects, industry experts and technologies.

Advance your studies your way

You'll be supported to progress a specific area of your professional practice or prepare for a PhD study. A mix of learning pathways, including campus and online delivery, will help you to design your timetable around other commitments.

What you'll study

This degree has been designed to equip you with advanced research expertise in the field of animal science through taught lectures, seminars and one-to-one sessions. You’ll develop new theoretical and practical expertise to help progress your studies and career, as well as advance future scientific research and real-world practice.

You’ll be equipped with the skills required for critical evaluation of research, effective research design and accurate statistical analysis, allowing you to apply current scientific thinking to your specific research topic, which you’ll conduct in your own time alongside your learning. Recent project areas have covered aspects of canine hydrotherapy, meat production and microbiological profiles of pet food bowls.

You’ll select an optional module to complement your research topic from our diverse range of postgraduate modules across all of our animal, agriculture and equine course area provision. This will enable you to advance new knowledge to help shape your research and professional practice.

You’ll be encouraged to attend industry conferences and familiarise yourself with academic journals, with opportunities to present and publish your research.

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential while you're here so that you can achieve your personal and professional goals.


You'll analyse contemporary issues in animal welfare, including legislation, areas of welfare concern, and evidence of sentience.

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Entry requirements

Students need a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject. Students with 2:2 and relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Students with non-relevant qualifications but with sufficient work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Hartpury University is a specialist provider of agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary education, based in Gloucestershire, in the heart of England’s countryside. The university offers both taught and applied research degrees at master’s level, as well as PhDs, spanning subject areas of animal, agriculture, equine, sport and veterinary studies. The campus is situated within 360 hectares of rural grounds, and offers world-class...more