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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 2021
Study location: Uppsala
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Language: English
Level: Master
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching
Number of admission places: 25
Application code for international students: 81036
Application code for Swedish students: 81078
Application deadline for international students: 1/15/2021
Application deadline for Swedish students: 4/15/2021
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Animal Science
• 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.

By choosing courses and subject of the master’s thesis you will be able to create a profile for your studies, within e.g. advanced animal welfare and protection, feed Science and advanced nutritional physiology or animal genetics and breeding. The programme will give you a scientific basis and research training, 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 programme ends with a Master’s degree project of 30 credits.

Are you interested in genetics, breeding and bioinformatics? 

You can combine the Animal Science programme with additional courses in Animal Genetics, Animal Breeding and Bioinformatics.

You can also apply for the programme:

European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG)

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 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.

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

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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