Taught course

Animal Science

University of Reading · Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics - GIIDAE
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in biological sciences or a related subject. If you have other qualifications and at least two years’ professional experience in a relevant field of animal science, livestock production or agriculture, you are also encouraged to apply. References are taken into account.

Students may join immediately after their undergraduate degree, or after some years of employment to enhance career prospects by acquiring further skills.

For a list of requirements by country, please visit our Country-Specific Information page.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement needs to demonstrate that you understand what the course is about, your motivation for studying, and what you would like to get out of your studies. You may reflect on paid or unpaid experience in the field to help support your personal statement.

Please tell us about your interest in animal science, and what kind of career you are interested in pursuing after your studies.

Months of entry


Course content

Enhance your understanding of safe and sustainable livestock production while building your confidence as an independent researcher with our MSc by Research in Animal Science master’s degree.

This flexible online programme will develop your ability to secure safe and sustainable livestock production systems that respect and enhance the welfare of livestock.

We encourage a new and innovative understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face the global livestock industry. Whether you’re working directly in the sector, in related supply industries – such as feed and pharmaceuticals, advisory or extension services – or in a research institution, this programme will offer you a new perspective.

Choose MSc by Research in Animal Science at the University of Reading

You will:

  • join the highest-ranking UK university for Agriculture and Forestry (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 - Agriculture & Forestry). We’re ranked 11th in the world, and are the only UK university in the top 50.
  • acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of key topics associated with animal nutrition, health, behaviour and sustainable livestock production as you plan, manage and conduct an extended independent research project.
  • critically analyse of the challenges and opportunities facing livestock production, and receive rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in animal science. You’ll also gain critical appraisal skills to evaluate research at the interface between animal, microbial and food science.

Joining this programme means you’ll also be joining the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics in our School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, where we are committed to empowering change through our teaching and research. Our academics tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues across their respective fields of expertise, and our mission is to make a difference in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics also offers a number of scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    18-63 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team