Animal Sciences: Wageningen University and Research Centre

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Animal Sciences: Wageningen University and Research Centre, Animal Sciences, Wageningen University and Research Centre, building no. 531, Marijkeweg 40, 6709 PG, Wageningen, Netherlands
Course Language(s) 
Course Beginning 
2 years
App Deadline 
01 May for non-EU/EEA and 01 July for EU/EEA
+31 (0)317 48 24 68
+31 (0)317 48 39 62


About the programme

The MSc Animal Sciences study programme is a continuation of a BSc or equivalent programme in the field of livestock, companion animals, wild animals and zoo animals. The focus is to deliver skilled professional animal scientists well equipped to tackle problems related to sustainable livestock development and to the management of companion animals, wild animals and zoo animals.

The MSc Animal Sciences program is a two years program in which the first year is meant to follow courses. There are a couple general courses you have to follow and a couple of courses retated to the  specialisation you have chosen. The second year you have to do an internship and a major thesis or a major and minor thesis depending on your educational background.

Future career

Animal scientists find work primarily in the business sector, such as in the feed and pharmaceutical (veterinary medicines) industries.

One of every five graduates works in these industries in a technical, commercial or supervisory function. In addition, there are many research jobs at universities and research institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. One out of every six animal scientists works abroad (at least temporarily), in development cooperation, as a researcher or in business. More than one-third of the researchers work as trainee research assistants (PhD): they work for four years on their own research project to earn their PhD. Commercial positions such as marketing manager, specialised engineer (where you are primarily involved with improving products or production methods), or supervisory positions.

Admission requirements

  • Enrolment in an MSc Programme at Wageningen University requires:
  • A BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to your selected programme
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for this BSc of at least 70% of the maximum grade
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics
  • Basic computer skills

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