Animal Breeding and Genetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #351 ,
The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) offers this Animal Breeding and Genetics programme that supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the global image of European higher education.


What can you use this qualification for?

Highly qualified graduates in the internationally operating area of Animal Breeding and Genetics are needed. The programme is highly relevant for students who wish to work in organizations focused in the field of sustainable animal breeding.

What will you learn?

You will bridge the gap between quantitative and molecular genetics which are needed competence in the future. You can compose your own study plan with several courses in quantitative and molecular genetics. Some recommended courses are: Molecular Biology, Models and Algorithms in Bioinformatics, Genome Analysis - Methodology, Molecular Genomics, Animal Breeding Plans, Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management.

Short description

Students conduct the major part of their training at NMBU. Students are recommended to spend 1 or 2 semesters at one of the other four partner universities. This gives them access to a broad range of subjects and experience abroad.

Universities involved are: Wageningen University (WU) the Netherlands, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Aas, Norway.

Students have to fulfill at least 60 ECTS at NMBU, including 30 ECTS for the master thesis. Students are recommended to choose a combination of courses within molecular genetics and quantitative genetics (statistics).

Programme Structure

No compulsory courses are required, but students have to fulfil at least 60 ects at UMB, minimum 30 ects for thesis under (joint) supervision of UMB.

Some recommended courses:

  • Aquaculture Breeding and Genetic Theory
  • Molecular Biology (lecture spoken in Norwegian)
  • Laboratory Course in Molecular Biology
  • Eucaryot Molecular Biology
  • Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution
  • Molecular Genomics
  • Statisctical Genomics
  • Models and Algorithms in Bioinformatics
  • Genome Analysis, Methodology
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Animal Breeding Plans
  • Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management
  • Genetic Basis of Biodiversity

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS

    60 ECTS, including a 30 ECTS thesis

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The M-ABG programme is open for motivated students with a bachelor degree or equivalent in Animal Sciences, Biology or related fields,who like to specialize in the field of Animal Breeding and Genetics. The application must include a motivation letter. An interview will be conducted as part of the admission process.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free National


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