MSc in Animal Science

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Animal Science

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Animal Science

The Msc programme in Animal Science focuses on healthy animals and their performance and needs in a life-long perspective.  During your Animal Science studies, you will learn how to analyse problems associated with animal science based on a holistic viewpoint using all aspects of the biological and social systems involved.

The programme is offered in English.

As an MSc student of Animal Science you will be studying animal nutrition and physiology, management, breeding and genetics, and you will help improve animal welfare in a national and international perspective.

You will be able to create your own personal academic profile by choosing between a number of specialisations such as Production Animals, Companion Animals, Horses or Breeding and Genomics as well as a number of electives.

Profile and Career

The Animal Science programme will give you basic knowledge about quantitative biology and its methods. You will learn how to analyse problems based on a holistic insight into the connection between the structure of [Animal Science] the body, its functions, its ability to perform and welfare. You will learn, for instance,  how to organise the feeding, tending and breeding of pigs or other production animals.

You will have focus on new means of production which can benefit production economics as well as animal welfare and environment. Also, you will gain knowledge about the necessary tools to control the organisation and finances of, for instance, a large stud farm. You will, among other things, be able to focus on the ways feeding and physical training can ensure health and performance in a life-long perspective.

Career Opportunities

The various specialisations open up to a growing number of jobs within many different sectors, such as:

  • The Agricultural Advisory Service, consulting engineering firms, the financial sector or international development organisations
  • Development or sales jobs in the industry and production sector
  • Industry associations or professional organisations with relations to domestic animals or production
  • Strategic advising and/or management of experimental animal businesses
  • Public management (municipalities, regions, ministries and governmental bodies in Denmark, the EU and internationally)
  • Research and education in private companies, governmental research institutions and universities
  • Teaching at agricultural colleges, technical colleges or in other kind of course activities
  • Starting you own business

Programme Structure

In order to create your own personal academic profile you will have to choose between four specialisations from the very beginning of the programme: Production Animals, Companion Animals, Horses or Experimental Animals.

Depending on the specialisation you choose, you will follow a number of compulsory courses that give you a solid understanding of special problems within the subjects. You will also have to choose courses from a number of core courses which can strengthen your academic profile within the specialisation you want.

Finally, the many elective courses give you a good opportunity to structure your education on the basis of your particular academic interests. At Faculty of Science (SCIENCE), you can choose between such different subjects as management of livestock, ethology, mammal genomics, parasitology, immunology, biotechnology, stable climate, breeding, food quality, business economics, nutrition, feed, strategic advising and management, project management etc. Additionally, you are free to choose courses at other faculties at the University of Copenhagen and at other Danish or international universities.

The programme is taught in English which helps you obtain a strong international profile.

Study programme

The structure of the programme depends on the specialisation you choose. One block is equal to 15 ECTS and 9 weeks.

The elective courses are equal to two blocks or 30 ECTS.


The thesis is the final part of your degree. It is your opportunity to concentrate on an academic problem, which interests you, for six or nine months (30 - 45 ECTS). It can be both theoretical and practical and often it will contain independent experimental work or collection and analysis of data. You can make the thesis in collaboration with the private sector, for instance by working on a real life problem and often such collaborations may lead to a job after graduation.

International profile

There are plenty of opportunities to achieve an international profile by taking courses at some of the partner universities of the Faculty of Science in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
7,300 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 7,300 EUR
per semester for non-EU/EEA citizens