Research Animal Science

University of Reading

M.Sc. Online
18 months
8200 GBP/year
8200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc by Research Animal Science degree offered at the University of Reading will enhance your understanding of safe and sustainable livestock production whilst developing as a confident and independent researcher.


At the University of Reading studying the MSc by Research Animal Science allows you to remain at your workplace during your course of study. You can choose to complete the course in just 18 months, or take up to 63 months if your work demands are high.

The programme is designed for people working in the livestock industry or related supply industries (feed and pharmaceutical companies, for example) or in livestock industry, advisory or an extension series and institutions.

You will gain:

  • Critical analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing livestock production
  • Rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in animal science
  • Critical appraisal skills to evaluate research at the interface between animal, microbial and food science
  • The ability to plan, manage and conduct an extended independent research project

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainable livestock production systems
  • Contemporary issues in animal science
  • Livestock nutrition and feeding
  • Research methods
  • Project management

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a first or upper-second class honours degree or its equivalent in biological sciences or a related subject. 
  • Applicants with other qualifications and who have had at least two years' experience professional experience in a relevant field of animal science, livestock production or agriculture are also encouraged to apply. 
  • References are also taken into account.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    8200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.


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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Research Animal Science
University of Reading