Animal science

Animal Science

Master of science (2 year) Full time

Håkon Sparre, NMBU

The world’s population is expected to increase, and this will challenge current global food production and agriculture systems. Are your interested in animal nutrition, feed technology, breeding, genetics, ethology and animal welfare?


Bachelor degree in Animal Science

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2023
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Then a Master in Animal Science at NMBU might be something for you.

A two-year Master in Animal Science degree focus on the biology of production animals within the areas of nutrition, feed technology, breeding, genetics, ethology, animal husbandry and welfare.

The goal is to train students to be able to solve current and future challenges related to animal science in a national and global context.

Job opportunities

Candidates with a Master in Animal Science are qualified for work as advisors, administrative management positions within different areas in the agricultural organisations, private business activity or public administration - nationally and locally. Working as a teacher is also possible.

There is a lot of international cooperation within research, also with developing countries. The degree can qualify for PhD studies.

Learning outcomes

As an Animal Science student, you will learn how systematic animal breeding is used to give healthy and productive animals.

The student will learn how nutrition and feed technology affects animal health, production and the environment.

The degree will also focus on how animal behavior and the environment they live in can be improved to maintain good animal welfare.  

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Animal Science or equivalent education that includes basic knowledge in statistic/mathematics, chemistry, physiology/cell biology, genetics/breeding, nutrition and ethology/animal welfare.

The following compulsory requirements must be in place for the application to be considered:

  • A motivation letter specifically aimed at the program
  • A weighted, average grade of minimum Norwegian C (from the Bachelor's degree) is required at NMBU to be qualified for applying to Master's degrees
  • English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations

Applicants who have already completed a master degree will not be prioritized.

Study structure

The student will get a specialization within one of the following areas:

  • Animal nutrition and feed technology
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Animal ethology

There will be both interdisciplinary as well as area specific in-depth courses within each specialization. The degree is finalized with master thesis.

See study plan (pdf)