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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.
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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. 


Tuition fees: Citizen of a countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 72 500 
Total: SEK 290 000

Name: Animal Science - Master's Programme
Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2022

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

Application deadline for international students: 2022/01/17
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2022/04/19

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: • 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.

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 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


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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