Wageningen University and Research

Animal Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Today’s specialists in livestock and companion animals need a fundamental scientific training, combined with a critical attitude towards all aspects constraining sustainable development of animal husbandry. The two-year M.Sc. programme Animal Sciences at Wageningen University and Research, which is unique for the Netherlands, offers the multidisciplinary training necessary for a future career in this field.

Contribution to animal welfare and food safety

Animal health plays an important role in animal husbandry and all human-animal interactions. You will study how impairment of animal health and welfare can be prevented. For example by means of nutrition, housing management or design of breeding strategies. You can therefore provide a real contribution to animal welfare and food safety. 

Multidisciplinary and individual approach

The master programme Animal Sciences offers you a multidisciplinary and individual study programme. This prepares you well for finding solutions to complex problems.

Career opportunities 

One of every five graduates works in the business sector in a commercial position such as marketing manager, a technical position such as specialised engineer (where you are primarily involved with improving products or production methods), or supervisory positions. In addition, there are many research jobs at universities and research institutions in the Netherlands and also abroad. 

Programme Structure


There are six specialisations you can choose from within the MSc Animal Sciences:

  • Genetics and Biodiversity
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Global and Sustainable production
  • Adaptation, Health and Welfare
  • Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning
  • Animal Ecology

About half of your MSc programme will be allocated to courses. Which courses you will take, depends on several factors: your previously acquired competences, your basic knowledge, and your choice of specialisation.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

General requirements for enrolment in any MSc Programme at Wageningen University & Research are:

  • 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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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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