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Animal Science MSc with a major in Animal Science

Do you have a strong interest in animals and would like to contribute to sustainable development in animal husbandry? Then this is the Master's programme for you.
Open for late application

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

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. 

FACTS & REQUIREMENTS

Name: Animal Science - Master's Programme
Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2023

Study location: Uppsala
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching

Application code for international students: 81036

Application code for Swedish students: 81086

 

Degree

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

 

Requirements

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
  • 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.

 

Tuition fees for autumn 2023 degree studies: Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 75 000 
Total: SEK 300 000

 

There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 16 January 2023. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.

CONTENT

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 and read the syllabus.

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).

CAREER

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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