Masters degrees in Animal Nutrition study the dietary needs of animals, looking at the ways in which they can be kept healthy. These courses are often vocational in nature, linking animal nutrition to industrial agricultural processes.
Institutions typically ask that you hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant biological science, while other opportunities for postgraduate focus include Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Animal Physiology.
Masters in Animal Nutrition usually combine science and business, preparing you for work in the agricultural sector. You might learn about the scientific basis behind the way animals absorb and digest nutritious material, exploring the chemistry of animal feed and working out how to make its production as efficient as possible.
Alongside the scientific aspects of such programmes, you’ll probably also look at the economics, law and technology of animal nutrition. Similarly, you’ll likely develop an in-depth understanding of the state of the international animal feed industry, focusing on processes and trends within it.
As you’d expect, postgraduate careers are closely linked to the agricultural sector. You could work in the animal production or the animal feed industries, delivering expert advice as a consultant. Or, you may move into the pet-food sector and apply your knowledge there.
The two-year MSc programme Animal Sciences is a continuation of a BSc in Animal Sciences or an equivalent programme in the field of livestock, companion animals and wildlife. The language of instruction is English. The focus is to deliver skilled professional animal scientists who are well equipped to tackle problems related to sustainable livestock development as well as to the management of livestock and companion animals. The animal-human interaction plays an important role in this study programme. Themes like animal nutrition, animal health, animal welfare, levels of management, genetic diversity and socio-economic factors are all widely discussed.
Today’s specialists in livestock and companion animals need a fundamental scientific training, combined with a critical attitude towards all aspects constraining sustainable development of animal husbandry. The master Animal Sciences, which is unique for the Netherlands, offers the multidisciplinary training necessary for a future career in this field.
On the Programme of Animal Sciences page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.
Within the master programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
Next to your specialisation, you can also choose a Professional track. These tracks prepare you for a specific type of career.
Now that you have read all the information about the MSc programme Animal Sciences, you can find at this page what kind of work you can do after you graduate from this programme. Animal scientists find work primarily at universities or in the business sector, such as in the feed and pharmaceutical (veterinary medicines) industries.
Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.