Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

(Closed to applications) BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science - Animal Science

(Closed to applications) This programme encourages students to think beyond animal production and considers global trends in livestock production and sustainable ways to meet changing demands.

Important message

The Covid-19 pandemic is creating uncertainty for everyone, but we are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students.

We have tried to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the experience we offer all of our students, but we have reluctantly decided to close this degree for 2020 entry. 

We are offering a similar programme of study in Global Agriculture and Food Security.

Further information


Students will study the complexities of animal production systems and climate change to explore sustainable farming practises in order to improve global food security. 

Programme Introduction by Dr Susan Jarvis:

(see bottom of page for transcript)

Key Information

  • Qualification: BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science - Animal Science
  • UCAS code: D402
  • Institution Code: E56
  • Study Mode: Four years full-time
  • Course Location: Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh, EH25 9RG
  • Start Date: September  

Programme Information

The BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science – Animal Science programme is delivered by the University of Edinburgh and our teaching partner Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Work Placement

Industrial experience is a core part of our degree programmes, it is an opportunity to put classroom based theory into practice in the 'real world', whilst gaining invaluable experience.


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Video transcript:

My name is Susan Jarvis and I am programme director for the BSc in Agricultural Science with a specialism in Animal Science.

So, this degree programme in Animal Science is about learning and gaining skills around the area of animal production and how that fits within sustainable food production and food security. So food security is about providing safe and nutritious food at all times, and of course there are areas of the world where there is over-consumption where there is poor access to certain nutrients.

So, this degree is around understanding how animal production fits within sustainable agri-food systems to provide healthy and nutritious food while minimising environmental impact and ensuring good animal welfare.

So this animal science degree goes beyond traditional degrees, so we of course consider animal production systems but also think about that in the context of a growing population, changes in dietary choice, influences on policy, societal concerns. So it is really looking at the animal production within this sort of big picture.

Undoubtedly there are global challenges for animal production systems and we need to think really innovatively about how we deal with those challenges, and so these degrees are about encouraging and helping our students to develop skills to think innovatively and forward thinking about how animal production might look in the future around the world. And, also thinking about different types of products that we might be considering, so what might future livestock production look like and how that might differ in different parts of the world to meet varying nutritional demands.

So, we have a series of courses across the degree programme, and these are designed to help students learn and develop skills that will help them in their careers, so these would be skills like communication skills, business skills, learning about trade and policy, and those skills would be reinforced through hearing from external speakers, through visits to farms and other parts of the agri-food sector.

In addition the students do a work placement, an industry-based work placement, and this can be anywhere in the world and also can be an industrial setting for the dissertation research project. The careers our students will go on to will be things like maybe animal nutritionists, animal breeders, maybe working in government or with NGOs and this will be a consequence of having learned these skills such as learning about policy and business skills and so on.

And also, of course, our teaching staff have many international links through their research and so we have a sort of wide network of industry contacts that we can help students to network and to hopefully provide career opportunities.