Masters degrees in Animal Biotechnology train postgraduates in the molecular and microbial manipulation of animals for purposes in agriculture and related industries.
Related postgraduate subjects and specialisms include Animal Science, Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Biology or Animal Science.
With an ever-growing population and high demand for food supply, medicines, and other products, genetic modification of animals through sustainable practise is the key focus of courses in this field.
You will explore how molecular biological techniques can be used to improve animal growth rates and disease resistance, and even how biotechnology can improve agricultural effects by reducing an animal’s impact on the environment. Vocational training in lab testing, data collection and bioinformatics is a key component.
Careers in this field include traditional routes in veterinary science or management in the agrifood industry. You experience would also make you suitable for involvement in conservation projects, or even positions within government agencies.
A Masters degree in Animal Biotechnology is also excellent preparation for further research at PhD level.
The Course provides the fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to understand and perform novel techniques in the areas of reproductive biology and biomedical research. The ultimate aim of the Course is to train experts able to manage laboratories of medically-assisted reproduction both referring to humans and animals. Such course aims at providing detailed and up-to-date lessons, also through individual laboratory practice, on the structure and function of gametes, on the biological and molecular mechanisms that control the interactions between sperms and oocytes, the fertilization process and the embryonic development. The students will acquire the most recent techniques to isolate, manipulate, and cryoconserve both animal gametes and embryos, as well as the techniques for their biochemical, genetic, morphological and functional characterization in the field of reproductive medicine. The Course is mainly student-oriented, providing a system of tailored tutorship, with periodically-administered check-in interim tests in all course units.
The academic staff of the University of Teramo have been involved since many years in basic and applied research related to the biology of gametes and experimental embryology, having established a wide collaborative network with national and international investigators. This Course takes also advantages of external specialists, who actively work in the field of human reproduction in both public and private companies. Students are strongly recommended to carry out specific curricular internships or training internships in the several certified national and international Centres/Companies, which the University has agreed upon.
The Course will promote opportunities of international mobility of incoming and outgoing students among European validated research Institutes, through Erasmus mobility programmes and agreements with foreign Universities/Companies.