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, breeding, genetics, ethology and animal welfare?


Bachelor degree in Animal Science

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2021
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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, 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 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

Bachelor degree in Animal Science. There is a minimum mark requirement of C for admission. Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.

Study structure

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

  • Animal nutrition
  • 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.

Programme structure

Showing programme structure for students starting 2021

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Animal nutrition
Feed Manufacturing Technology 10
Programme variant: Ethology
Scientific Methods in Ethology 10 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Study year: 2

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Animal nutrition
Nutrition and Optimisation of Diets for Monogastric Animals 10
Experimental animal nutrition and physiology 10
Programme variant: Elective courses
Academic Writing 5
Programme variant: Animal Science
Design of Experiments and Analysis of Variance 5 Compulsory Course
Programme variant: Animal breeding and genetics
Genomic and pedigree-based prediction of genetic value 10 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Animal Science
Master's Thesis 30 Choose one Master Thesis