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Animal Science MSc with a major in Animal Science

Are you interested in animals and would you like to contribute to sustainable development in animal husbandry? Then this is the Master's programme for you.

 Contributes to sustainable development in Animal Science.

Provides knowledge needed to work as an animal scientist.

 Enable you to have a high influence on your studies and opportunities to unique specializations by course selection.


Welcome to a comprehensive programme that gives you the opportunity to learn about how to maintain the importance of animals in our society. Farm animals primarily supply us with food, while our sport and companion animals provide us with other benefits. Whatever we expect of our animals, it is equally important that they have a high functionality for their purpose and are in good health. 

Attracting both Swedish and international students, this unique Master's programme gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge you need to work as an animal scientist, focusing on domestics animals.

The programme is closely linked to research and society and students can build their own degree programme by specialising in one of the programme’s main areas: ethology-animal welfare-animal protection, genetics-breeding or nutrition-feeding.

After graduation, your Master’s degree will be useful for you to work as an animal scientist both nationally and internationally. As well as being able to work in research, product development, agricultural  and animal advisory services, you will also have exciting career opportunities in teaching, information and journalism. 


Name: Animal Science - Master's Programme
Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2024

Tuition Fees: Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.

First semester: SEK 81000
Total: SEK 324000

Application deadline for international students: 2024-01-15
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2024-04-15

Study location: Uppsala
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Application code for Swedish students: 81086
Application code for international students: 81036


In order to become admitted to the Animal Science – Master’s programme the following entry requirements must be fulfilled:
General entry requirements: Degree of Bachelor comprising at least 180 credits or a corresponding degree from a foreign country.
Specific entry requirements: Passed courses of at least 90 credits in one of the following subject areas:
- Biology o Animal Science
- Agricultural Science, including at least 30 credits of Animal Science/Zoology
- Equine Science
- Veterinary Nursing
- Veterinary Medicine
In addition, knowledge equivalent to the course English 6 from a Swedish upper secondary school is required.
Grade requirements: In the course above, the applicant must have earned at least a Pass grade. This requirement is fulfilled by those who have an undergraduate degree from a Swedish university comprising 180 credits. For applicants from Nordic countries and some English-speaking countries, special rules apply.
The specific entry requirements as above can also be met by those who have obtained equivalent knowledge through a foreign degree or if equivalent knowledge has been obtained by other means.
For admission to the courses included in the programme, specific entry requirements stipulated in each individual course syllabus must be fulfilled.


Degree awarded on completion of the programme

The Animal Science – Master’s programme aims at a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Animal Science, which is a general qualification. Other degrees may be awarded after completion of the programme, provided that the requirements for the degree are fulfilled. See local instructions.

Students who fulfil the qualification requirements for the Degree of Master (120 credits) will be provided with a degree certificate upon request. The degree certificate will specify the qualification as Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Animal Science.

Degree requirements

A Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Animal Science is obtained when the student has a full course portfolio of 120 credits with the following requirements:

  • at least 30 credits of courses with specialised study in animal science (A1N; A1F)
  • at least 30 credits of degree project for second-cycle studies in the field of animal science (A2E)

In addition, the prior award of a Degree of Bachelor, Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad is required.


Admission: There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


This programme enables students to specialise in areas such as advanced animal welfare and protection, feed science and advanced nutritional physiology, or animal genetics and breeding. It provides a scientific basis and research training, enabling students to identify, analyse and solve problems while taking the needs of both animals and society into consideration.

The programme is taught by researchers from various disciplines and has close links with current research. In their final semester, students will conduct a Master’s project worth 30 credits.

The Animal Science Master’s programme can be combined with additional courses in animal genetics, animal breeding and bioinformatics.

Visit the student pages to find out more.

European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG)

This a joint Master’s programme conducted by SLU, Wageningen University, the University of Göttingen, AgroParisTech, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU, Vienna). In their first year, students will study in either Wageningen or Göttingen. The second year takes place at one of the other universities, depending on the specialisation chosen.

The programme meets the pressing needs of the industry sector and society as a whole. It has been designed to answer the scientific, practical and societal challenges of animal breeding and genetics.

More information, including on how to apply (before 15 January).


The interest in animals and their interactions with humans and society has led to a strong job market for animal scientists. Animal scientists can work with research or product development, agricultural or animal advisory services and assessments, both nationally and internationally. Exciting career opportunities in teaching, information and journalism are also available.

Degree awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a Major in Animal Science.


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