Sustainable Animal Nutrition & Feeding, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 13500
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The double degree programme in Sustainable Animal Nutrition & Feeding at Aarhus University educates students to solve the animal nutrition challenges of the future. As the global demand for food increases and awareness of the environmental impact of agriculture grows, scientists and experts who can come up with solutions are in ever-greater demand.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

An international double degree

Students choose courses from two leading European universities (Aarhus University and Wageningen University), and they receive degrees from both universities upon graduation. The Aarhus specialism is an in-depth animal nutrition programme combined with a nutrient cycling programme. While animal nutrition and environmental protection are often studied, few programmes combine the two.

This Sustainable Animal Nutrition & Feeding programme couples in-depth knowledge of the environment and nutrient cycling with animal nutrition. It teaches students to be aware of and to minimise the environmental impact of agriculture, while optimising health, welfare and product quality for the animals.

Upon completing the programme, students will have an international profile and network as well as state-of-the-art knowledge of their specialism.

The farming industry and the environment are global and therefore, it is impossible to address these problems operating within a narrow national framework. Our graduates’ abilities to adapt to changing environments as well as their excellent intercultural communication skills help them to succeed in their careers.

Career Profile

Graduates of this programme are in very high demand and can take advantage of Aarhus University’s extensive professional network and strong industry partnerships. Students typically find careers in feed companies, consultancies, government departments and educational institutions.

Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University

Aarhus University’s research in Agricultural Sciences is cutting-edge and puts it in the front rank of agricultural science institutions worldwide. The core areas of research are: climate and natural resources, environment and bioenergy, organic farming, food quality, farm animal production and plant production.

Sustainability is a fundamental principle. The goal is to seek solutions that contribute to environmentally and economically sustainable development of the agricultural and food industries.

Agricultural Sciences In The Rankings

Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University ranks ninth worldwide in the 2016 US News Best Global Universities Ranking, and eleventh in the 2015 National Taiwan University Ranking. Agri­culture and Forestry at AU is ranked between 51 and 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

“Apart from being the only master’s degree that deals with animal nutrition focused on sustainability, this programme provides a double degree by combining teaching and research at two top-quality universities in the field of animal sciences. I consider this an advantage on my CV. At first you have to get used to working in English all the time, and this was the first time I had attended lectures, made presentations and written reports in English. But we all adapted quickly and found it very rewarding. You really feel that you’re improving your language skills.”

Irene Miguel Pena

Student, MSc In Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding programme, from Spain

Programme Structure

Here the learning outcomes of this course are presented, as these provide statements on what a student is expected to know, understand and/or able to demonstrate after successful completion of the EM-SANF course.

Students, who successfully completed this course and received their double (and later the joint) degree diploma will be able to:

  • describe and discuss the issue of sustainable animal nutrition and feeding in Europe and World-wide within a socio-political, economic and environmental context;
  • assess and judge the nutritional status of an animal at farm level by using knowledge of the biological functioning of livestock as well as their adaptive capacity to a changing environment;
  • identify and understand the (nutritional) factors that independently and in combination with each other dictate sustainable animal production in all aspects;
  • recognize and critically evaluate negative side effects of animal feeding upon man (food safety issues), animal (demands and welfare issues) and environment (ecological issues) and to indicate possibilities to reduce these;
  • deduce a relevant problem within the area of animal nutrition and feeding, analyse it by the use of scientifically accepted methodologies, summarise the conclusions of the study and place it into perspective, in a clear and relevant manner in relation to a defined target group;
  • tackle decision-making (political) issues on feeding strategies in livestock;
  • work on a project-oriented basis and collaborate in inter- and multidisciplinary groups, in the field of applied nutritional research, management, policy and extension;
  • present orally and by writing scientific work, with the capability to translate this work into a popular form for a non-expert audience;
  • reflect on professional and academic (e.g., doctorate) career opportunities and employability.

Consortium Partners

The partners of the Consortium provide specialized subjects in their respective fields of expertise.

The composition of the Consortium is based on track record in collaboration in research and education. The universities have high joint publication rates, experience from participation in joint EU projects, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate, joint PhD courses, and Erasmus exchange agreements.

Each partner within the Consortium has its own expertise in research and education:

EI Purpan, Ecole d'ingénieurs de Purpan, (France) focuses on economic performance of livestock farms, market chains and feed mill companies. The performances are analyzed in a multidisciplinary approach with regards to the animal technical productivity, the diversity of the production systems, their sustainability and the policy constraints. The European dimension and diversity is a constant element of the education. In addition to this, EI Purpan focuses permanently on the professional interest of students in their education and internship placements.

AU, Aarhus University, (Denmark) focuses on the physiology of animal nutrient utilization and on management and loss of nutrients from the agro-ecosystem and their effects on the environment. The AU course is based on a strong and international research environment within the covered subjects. Understanding the quantitative animal nutrient metabolism and utilization at advanced level is fundamental to explain and predict animal needs for nutrients and energy, and how a given feed or combination of feeds affects animal response, excretion of nutrients and product composition. A thorough insight into the quantitative nutrient flows from different types of agricultural productions to the surrounding ecosystems, and the underlying processes involved form the basis to describe and analyze how to optimize nutrient use in different types of agricultural productions and other methods for reduction of eutrophication of the environment and release of greenhouse gasses. Management tools to increase nutrient use efficiency and decrease release of green house gasses such as fodder and fertilizer practice, waste management and design of crop rotations as well as restoration of natural ecosystems will be taught.

UD, University Debrecen, (Hungary) focuses on feed evaluation by discussing the factors that affect the nutritive value of the feeds. In order to achieve sustainable animal production, animal feeding requires a different approach considering not only the productivity in terms of both biology and economics, but respecting environmental and animal welfare issues as well. The courses given by UD introduce the critical points of the so called sustainable animal nutrition including biological and technological tools to improve digestibility and availability of nutrients.

WU, Wageningen University, (Netherlands) focuses on generating and transferring knowledge of the nutrition of livestock. A fundamental understanding of nutritional processes and the effect of dietary compounds on the animal, their output and well-being form the basis of animal nutrition. Supply of nutrients through the feed and utilisation of nutrients by the animal have a major impact on the efficiency of production, animal health and welfare, sustainability of animal production systems, product quality as well as behaviour, vitality and longevity. Nutrition research is divided into animal species (ruminants, pigs, poultry, veal calves), feed technology (of forages, raw materials and functional ingredients), and in vitro simulation of animal responses. Underpinning disciplines required for the conduct of animal nutritional research include microbiology, physiology, biology, biochemistry and genomics. The Animal Nutrition Group has worldwide expertise on mechanistic modeling of nutrient flows in livestock.

Detailed Programme Facts

Academic Requirements

The EM-SANF MSc is open to motivated students with a BSc degree in Animal Sciences, Biology (Zoology-oriented) or Veterinary Sciences with specified prerequisites involving basic knowledge of statistics, mathematics and chemistry. The course is supported by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, which provides scholarships for the programme for both EU and non-EU students.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • Free EEA
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Funding

EU students

Erasmus Mundus

The EM-SANF course is supported by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union. The Erasmus Mundus programme provides scholarships for third-country and EU students, as well as third country scholars (academic staff). The Erasmus Mundus programme is a higher education programme which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence around the world. The programme supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the global image of European higher education. The programme provides easier access to postgraduate education for university students from all over the world.

Available scholarships in 2012

For the EM-SANF programme starting in August 2012 seven Category B student scholarships are available. The scholarship includes a monthly allowance (500/month) and subscription fees (4.000 per year). The total scholarship amount is 10,000 per year and 20,000for the total Master course.

Self-paying studentsThe programme is also open to students with a personal scholarship, and to self-paying students.

Self-paying EU students can make use of existing Erasmus-Socrates exchange programmes and receive a 25% discount on the tuition fees and pay 3,000 per academic year/ 6,000 for the whole course.

Non EU students

Non-EU student are students (Category A):

· who are NOT nationals from the 27 EU Member States (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania)

· who are NOT nationals from one of the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)

· who have NOT resided for more than 12 months over the past five years (preceding the start of the academic year) in any of the above countries.

Fees

For non-EU students (Category A), the subscription fees are 8,000 per academic year / 16,000 for the whole master course, irrespective of study track..

The subscription fees include the following costs:

· Registration in two universities;

· Health and liability insurance (only for students with Erasmus Mundus scholarship);

· Participation in the Introduction Programme (excluding accommodation);

· Participation in the Summer Conference (excluding accommodation);

· Administrative support.

The subscription fees do not include the living expenses or the travel costs to and within Europe!

Scholarship opportunities

Erasmus Mundus

The EM-SANF course is supported by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union. The Erasmus Mundus programme provides scholarships for third-country and EU students, as well as third country scholars (academic staff). The Erasmus Mundus programme is a higher education programme which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence around the world. The programme supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the global image of European higher education. The programme provides easier access to postgraduate education for university students from all over the world.

Available scholarships in 2012

For the EM-SANF programme starting in August 2012 9Category A student scholarships are available. The Erasmus Mundus scholarships category A includes a monthly allowance ( 1,000/month), subscription fees (8,000 per year) and a contribution to travel, installation and any other costs (4,000 per year). The total amount of the scholarship is 24,000 per year and 48,000 for the whole master course.

Self-paying studentsThe programme is also open to students with a personal scholarship and to self-paying non-EU students. These non-EU students receive a 25% discount on the tuition fees and pay 6,000 per academic year/ 12,000 for the whole course.

2012 Windows scholarships

In addition and similarly to previous years, additional scholarships should be made available for:

1. Students from the "Western Balkans and Turkey".

2. Students from "Tunisia and Egypt".

3. Students from the "Eastern Neighbourhood Countries" (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

The distribution of these scholarships among the 131 EMMC consortia offering scholarships in 2012 will depend on their respective demand and on the geographical balance among the candidates from the countries concerned.

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