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Animal Science

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.
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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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Program code: VM006
Name: Animal Science - Master's Programme
Next start: autumn semester 2020
Study location: Uppsala
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Level: Masternivå
Pace of study: Helfart
Teaching form: Campus
Language: Engelska
Number of admission places: 40
Application deadline: 1/15/2020
Application code: 81036
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Animal Science
In order to become admitted to the Animal Science – Master’s Programme the following is required:
• 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
- 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 various courses included in the programme, specific entry requirements defined for each individual course must be fulfilled.

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.

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).


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.

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