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Masters in Animal Science

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MSc with a major in Animal Science

Would you like to contribute to sustainable development in our animal husbandry? Then this is the Master's programme for you.

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 sporting and companion animals provide us with other benefits. Whatever we expect of our animals, it is important that they both function well 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 construct 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 help you work as an animal scientist both nationally and internationally. As well as being able to work in research, product development, agricultural / animal advisory services, you will also have exciting career opportunities in teaching, information and journalism. 

Admission 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.

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 various courses included in the programme, specific entry requirements defined for each individual course must be fulfilled.

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Program content

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.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Bachelor’s and Master's programmes. The scholarships are awarded by SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI).

A scholarship offered by SLU covers tuition fees only, no living or travel expenses are included. You need to pay the application fee even if you apply for a scholarship.

Scholarships awarded by the Swedish Institute are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master’s programmes and cover both tuition fees and living expenses. There are several different scholarships available depending on your background.


For information about tuition fees, please visit the programme page. 


Degree of Master of Science with a major in Animal Science.

Career paths

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.

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. SLU's educational programmes give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of...

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Why study at SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SLU's educational programs give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of fields with strong connections to the UN sustainability goals. Our students are in demand on the labour market and often find employment immediately after graduating.

Teaching at SLU takes place in close cooperation with research. We are the only Swedish university offering professional degrees in the following fields:

  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Forest science
  • Landscape architecture
  • Veterinary medicine.

The program offering also includes a number of international Master’s programs, such as Forest Ecology and Sustainable management, Horticultural Science, Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being and Sustainable Food Systems.

More than 40 per cent of our courses are taught in English, and 60 per cent of our Master’s students come from countries other than Sweden. At our campuses there are students from around 50 countries.

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SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Arrheniusplan 4
750 07 Uppsala

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