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What is Breadth?

Breadth is one of the most exciting aspects of the University's undergraduate degrees. Breadth subjects allow you to gain knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines, enabling you to develop insight, experience, and new ways of thinking in areas distinct from the main fields of study in your degree.


This exciting new subject covers key One Health threats and responses, focusing on the interconnection between human health, animals and the environment.

As an extension of Our Planet, Our Health, this subject will further explore key themes, with reference to case studies, and include:

  • The different scales of human, animal and ecosystem health threats;
  • Balancing competing needs to achieve agricultural development, food security and human nutrition;
  • The influence of anthropogenic disturbance on the emergence of new infectious disease threats;
  • Competition for space: wildlife and community health versus urban sprawl; and
  • Forced and voluntary migration and the relationship between human disruption and health threats.

Our Planet Our Health II will equip you with the skills to:

  • Become knowledgeable across disciplines, including an ability to critically examine, synthesis and evaluate knowledge and to confront unfamiliar problems.
  • Become a leader in your community through engagement in meaningful public discourse and develop excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Become an active global citizen, by accepting social and civic responsibilities including being an advocate for human rights, equity and ethics, and sustainability and the environment.

There are no prerequisites to study Our Planet, Our Health II, however recommended background knowledge is Our Planet, Our Health.

For further information, please click here to view the handbook entry.

Breadth Subjects

You can study a single breadth subject from a wide range of disciplines distinct from your main field of study in your Bachelor (first) degree. Or you can choose a 'Breadth Track' and follow a specialist stream for the duration of your degree.

Breadth Tracks

The University has developed clear breadth sequences, or 'tracks', that will help you identify coherent groups of breadth subjects and allow you to extract the maximum benefit from your breadth component.

What is a breadth track?

A breadth track is a set of three subjects that progressively develops knowledge and skills relevant to some domain, theme, topic or issue. The University has developed a comprehensive range of approved breadth tracks for each course and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences delivers the following tracks: