M.Sc. Sustainable Animal Nutrition & Feeding

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

Achieving twice the worlds food production at half the ecological footprintby the year 2050is a goal that will require highly skilled animal scienceexperts. To meet this demand, four leading European universities have established the unique Erasmus Mundus MSc in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding (EM-SANF). The programme is hosted by the ÉcoledIngènieurs de Purpan in France, the University of Debrecen in Hungary, Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and Aarhus University in Denmark.

Feeding the growing world population sustainablyin a manner that is environmentally sound and socioeconomically acceptableis todays major challenge, and it requires highly trained experts with a multi-focus view of animal nutrition. The EM-SANF MSc programme educates students to solve the animal nutrition challenges of the future. The complementary expertise of four European higher-education institutes,with support from the international feed industry and academic partners worldwide, aims to educate students to meet the twice the food production at half the ecological footprint challenge.

The MSc in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding is a double-degree programme in which students specialisein two out of four alternative tracks. The programme is unique in its approach tostudent mobility, as it is a joint international programme with links to industrial and institutional partners worldwide, allowing studentsaccess to the latest research as well as the experience of differing cultures and learning environments.

In their first year students take courses to enable them to conduct research as part of their thesis in the second. In the first semester, students choose between two partner institutions, focusing on either Feed Market and Economics or Nutrition and Environment. In the second semester,students continue at one of the other two partner institutions, choosing between Feed and Food Evaluationand Modelling Nutrient Metabolism. The second year comprises an internship and a thesis, supervised by the partner institutions selected in the first yearand if possibleconducted at one of the (associate) partner institutions. Students may choose between four different tracks comprising four combinations of double degrees. Some subjects can be followed by all students at each partner institution through cross-teaching, video-conferencing and distancelearning technologies. Study advisors assist students to make decisions in planning.

The programme is complemented by a two-week Introduction Programme for first-year students, introducing training in scientific skills and providing a forum for networking with second-year and graduate students, as well as with tutors and associate and industry partners. At the Introduction ProgrammeSummer Conference, second-year students present their thesis proposals to the Consortium, to first-year students, and to representatives from the associate partners.

The EM-SANF MScis 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.

Contents

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.

Requirements

The selection of students for the EM-SANF programme by the Consortium is according to formal admission conditions:

  • BSc degree in Animal Sciences, Biology or Veterinary Sciences with a number of prerequisites (Mathematics, Statistics and Chemistry).
  • Grade point average needs to be at minimum 70% of the maximum score.
  • Result of TOEFL exam paper based has to be at least 580, computer based at least 237 or internet based at least 92-93 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. The Consortium Committee can admit excellent third-country students with a somewhat lower TOEFL score (550, 213 or 79-80 and IELTS 6.0).
  • Application deadline for all EU and Non-EU students that want to start in the upcoming academic year, applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, is December 31th.Self-paying students or students with other scholarships can apply for participation in the upcoming academic year until April 15th for non-EU and June 15th for EU students.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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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