Animal Science

Published: 16 March 2020

Our domestic animals are of great importance to our society. Farm animals primarily supply us with food and clothing, while our sporting and companion animals bring us other benefits.

Whatever we expect of our animals, it is important that they both function well and are in good health. We also have to consider the various needs of our society.

Through research, education and advisory work, animal scientists can improve the production and wellbeing of our animals. Animal science plays an increasing role internationally when it comes to improving and developing animal husbandry practices. The programme has a duration of 2 years and will prepare you for a number of careers.

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By choosing courses and subject of the master’s thesis you will be able to create an individual profile for your studies within subdisciplines such as Ethology/Animal Welfare/Animal Environment, Nutrition/Production Biology or Genetics/Breeding. The programme ends with a Master’s degree project of 30 credits.

The programme will give you a scientific basis enabling you to identify, analyse and solve problems while taking the animals’ and society’s needs into consideration. Teachers within the programme are researchers from various disciplines and as a student you will be kept in contact with current research. The courses include various teaching methods, e.g. lectures, laboratory work, seminars, study visits and shorter projects.

Want to know more? You can read the syllabus at the student web. 


The interest in animals and their interactions with man and society has led to a strong job market for animal scientists. Your education will give you a degree of Master of Science with a major in Animal Science. As an animal scientist you can work nationally or internationally with research or product development, agricultural/animal advisory services and evaluation, but there are also exciting career opportunities in teaching, information and journalism.

Qualification Awarded

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


European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics

This a joint programme between SLU and five other European universities (Wageningen University, University of Göttingen, AgroParisTech, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU, Vienna). The first year of studies is either in Wageningen or Göttingen, and the second year is at one of the other universities, depending on chosen study track.

The common vision of the programme is to deliver graduates that are experts in animal breeding and genetics, but with different foci, depending on their chosen study track. This will make them suitable for, e.g., managing breeding programmes in low-income countries, conducting breeding value estimations as required by industry, or responding to societal needs to combat climate change or improving animal welfare through breeding. The ultimate goal is to train a new generation of graduates that are fit to respond to current and future needs of the animal breeding sector in the global context.

The EMABG is a joint master programme that fills a real need for the industry sector and the whole society. It is designed to answer the scientific, practical and societal challenges of animal breeding and genetics. These challenges can be summarised for both developed and low-income countries as follows:

  • meet the increased demand for animal and fish products, while preserving or improving the quality of the products, the welfare of animals and minimizing the environmental impact;
  • preserve natural resources, with special attention to biodiversity;
  • make efficient use of novel tools and technologies to reach these goals while maintaining societal acceptance of animal breeding;
  • develop sustainable animal breeding programmes that contribute to improved livelihood of farmers and efficient food chains;
  • develop sustainable breeding programmes that contribute to improved health and welfare of companion animals, including populations in zoos and nature reserves.

Follow this link for more information and for application (before 15 February).


Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits

Next start: Uppsala, 31 August 2020
Number of admission places: 40

Application period 16 Oct 2019 - 15 jan 2020: All international students
Application period 16 March 2020-15 April 2020: Swedish students and students within EU/EEA

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:
First instalment: 72 500 SEK 
Total programme: 290 000 SEK

All applications are made through the Swedish online application service at Find out how to apply and more about the application and admissions process (on our website).


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