Animal Breeding and Genetics

Animal Breeding and Genetics

Master of science (2 year) Full time

Håkon Sparre, UMB

The programme supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the global image of European higher education.

Start of term:

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Application deadline:

June 1st
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2020
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Admission Office:
Phone:  67 23 01 11

Students who are admitted to NMBU conduct the major part of their training at NMBU. Students are recommended to spend 1 or 2 semesters at one of the partner universities. This gives them access to a broad range of subjects and experience abroad.

Partner universities:

  • Wageningen University (WU) the Netherlands
  • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
  • Paris Agro Tech, France
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Norway.

Job opportunities

Highly qualified graduates in the internationally operating area of animal breeding and genetics are needed.

The programme is highly relevant for students who wish to work in organizations focused in the field of sustainable animal breeding.

Learning outcomes

You will bridge the gap between quantitative and molecular genetics which are needed competence in the future.

You can compose your own study plan with several courses in quantitative and molecular genetics.

Some recommended courses are:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Models and Algorithms in Bioinformatics
  • Genome Analysis - Methodology
  • Molecular Genomics
  • Animal Breeding Plans
  • Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management.

Admission requirements

The M-ABG programme is open for motivated students with a bachelor degree or equivalent in Animal Sciences, Biology or related fields, who like to specialize in the field of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

The application must include a motivation letter. For admission to EM-ABG's double degree program and scholorship possibilities please see

My involvement in EM-ABG provided me opportunities and network to work with credited professionals in the field which has been very inspiring for me.

Binyam S. Dagnachew, researcher NOFIMA

Study structure

Students have to fulfill at least 60 ECTS at NMBU, including 30 ECTS for the master thesis. Students are recommended to choose a combination of courses within molecular genetics and quantitative genetics (statistics).

Application deadlines for international applicants:  
- December 1st
How to apply

Application deadlines for  Norwegian, Nordic, EU/EEA and Swiss citizens:
- June 1st 
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