Research course

Animal Science

Newcastle University · School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study.

Months of entry


Course content

Join us for your MPhil or PhD in Animal Science. Our research-active academic staff will support you.

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an internationally recognised centre of excellence in animal sciences. It draws on fundamental research and applies it to areas of societal, industrial and policy importance.

Our research primarily involves:

  • farm livestock, domesticated animal and wildlife applied research
  • integrated livestock system development and evaluation
  • animal behaviour, health and welfare
  • survival, health and efficiency of nutrient utilisation.

Opportunities are available for postgraduate research in the following areas of animal science:

Animal health and welfare

This ranges from fundamental work on understanding animal needs and behavioural problems, to mechanistic studies of health and disease at the molecular level. It also includes the development of practical on-farm monitoring and assessment methods.

Environmental impact of livestock systems

Our work examines:

  • the consequences of modifications in nutrition and husbandry
  • alterations in breeding strategies to improve the efficiency of resource use.

Safety and quality of livestock products, including milk, meat and eggs

Our 'field to fork' expertise allows us to study the relationships between husbandry systems and nutritional inputs of animals and the composition of their products, with further implications for human diet and health.

Find out more about our current research.

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Information for international students

English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

See our Fees and Funding page in the Programme information in our Prospectus online.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Administrator
+44 (0) 191 208 6900