Admission requirements

Admission to the master’s degree programme in Animal Science requires as a minimum successful completion of a qualifying and recognised university degree equivalent in level and content to a Danish bachelor’s degree.

If you are enrolled in the final semester of your bachelor’s programme you are likewise eligible to apply for admission.

 

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you are considered to meet all academic admission requirements and have direct access to apply to the master’s degree programme in Animal Science.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agrobiology with a specialisation in Animal Biology and Production from Aarhus University

Bachelor's degree with legal right of admission

If your bachelor's degree grants a legal right of admission, you are guaranteed a place in the master's programme provided you apply by the application deadline for the September intake within 3 years of completing your bachelor’s degree.

  • The bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Copenhagen grants you legal right of admission to the master’s programme in Animal Science.

 

 

To be admitted to the programme, you must hold a recent and relevant bachelor’s degree and meet the language requirements.

Academic requirement

Your bachelor’s degree must be equivalent in scope and content to the bachelor's programme in Animal Science (University of Copenhagen) or Agrobiology with a specialisation in Animal Biology and Production (Aarhus University).

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Biology-Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine or Biology from the University of Copenhagen or other Danish universities you may also be admitted.

In all cases, applicants to the MSc in Animal Science must document that their Bachelor’s degree covers elements of all the three following topics:

  • 7.5 ECTS credits within Domestic animal nutrition
  • 7.5 ECTS credits within Domestic animal physiology
  • 7.5 ECTS credits within Statistical data analysis

The lists below are examples of the contents such courses might have. The contents of the courses you had within each topic may vary. They may fully or partially cover the listed elements.

Typical contents of courses within Domestic animal nutrition

• Description of nutrients, digestibility and nutrient absorption in different segments of the gastrointestinal tract of domestic animals
• Nutrient metabolism in the different organs
• Balances of energy and nutrients
• Metabolism and utilization of protein, fat and energy in the whole organism
• Hormonal regulations of nutrients in tissue pools
• Appetite regulation
• Assessment of energy and nutrient requirement
• Nutrient contents in feed ingredients, feed evaluation and feed formulation

Typical contents of courses within Domestic animal physiology

• Basic physiology of body cavities of domestic animals
• Physiology of the locomotor system
• Physiology of the bones, nerves and sensory organs
• Physiology of the cardiovascular system
• Physiology of the lymphatic system
• Physiology of the digestive system incl. liver
• Physiology of the respiratory system
• Physiology of the skin and skin organs incl. lactation
• Physiology of the urinary tract
• Physiology of the reproductive organs

Typical contents of courses within Statistical data analyses

• Basic statistical concepts (variance, statistical model, estimation, testing, confidence intervals)
• Binomial distribution
• Normal distribution
• Comparison of random samples
• Single- and two-sided analysis of variance
• Regression analysis
• Linear models with factors, co-variants and random effects
• Repeated measures

 

 

You must have earned your bachelor’s degree within a maximum of 5 years prior to the start of the first semester of the master’s programme, e.g. for the intake in the autumn of 2022, you must have graduated by September 2017 or thereafter. In exceptional circumstances the Admissions Committee may waive the graduation year requirement.

If your bachelor’s degree is too old, you can apply for an exemption from the graduation year requirement. If you choose to apply for an exemption, you must submit the following documents along with your application for admission:

  • A letter explaining how you have maintained your academic qualifications since graduation (e.g. relevant work, internships, further studies)
  • Relevant documentation (e.g work contracts, diplomas etc.).

 

 

 

 

 

When we assess whether you meet the admission requirements for the master's degree program, Danish legislation only allows us to assess your bachelor's degree. Consequently, you cannot study supplementary courses between bachelor's and master's degree programs in order to meet the admission requirements.

If you have passed courses/projects before you complete the qualifying bachelor's degree, these can be included in the assessment, even though they are not part of the bachelor's degree program.

  • It applies to courses/projects you have taken as single subjects and courses/projects you have taken as part of another study program.
  • A maximum of 30 ECTS credits of these courses/projects may be included.

 

Language requirements

To gain admission to a master's programme taught in English, all applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish upper secondary school ‘English level B” with a weighted average of minimum 3 or ‘English level A’ with a weighted average of minimum 2 on the Danish grading scale.

We accept the following ways of documenting this:

 

An English taught qualifying upper secondary school diploma, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland will exempt you from the language requirement. You must provide a signed statement from the educational institution (with the institution's stamp on it) stating that English is the language of instruction of your degree. A student exchange semester/year will not exempt you from the language requirement.

Applicants with similar degrees has to prove their English language proficiency by taking an English language test. Applicants from countries in e.g. Asia and Africa where English is the official language of instruction, must also document English language proficiency by taking an English language test.

 

 

If you have not studied a full degree in English, you must:

  • Either document that you have passed Danish upper secondary school 'English level B' (Engelsk B) with the minimum weighted average grade of 3 on the Danish grading scale
  • Or document that you have passed Danish upper secondary school ‘English level A’ (Engelsk A) with the minimum weighted average grade of 2 on the Danish grading scale
  • Or document that you are holding a Nordic entrance examination with an English level which is considered comparable to a Danish B level in English by the Danish Agency of International Education. And with a weighted grade comparable to at least 3 on the Danish grading scale See a comparison of the Nordic subject levels and grades: Nordic subject levels (in Danish)
  • Or you must pass an IELTS Academic, TOEFL, Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) test.

 

 

Name of documentation

Minimum grade

Documentation required

English level B

(Engelsk B)

Weighted average of 3

  • Danish Upper secondary school diploma
  • VUC diploma

English level A

(Engelsk A)

Weighted average of 2

  • Danish Upper secondary school diploma
  • VUC diploma

Please notice:

  • There is no period of limitation for validity of Danish upper secondary school 'English level A’' (Engelsk A) or ‘English level B’ (Engelsk B).
  • You must send us your documentation as soon as possible and no later than 1 June

 

 

Name of test

Minimum score

Information required for online check of test

IETLS (academic)

6.5 (overall test score) 

Only overall score will be considered.

TRF Number (Test Report Form Number)

TOEFL

  1. Internet-based test (IBT)
  2. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  3. ITP TOEFL-test

(MyBest Scores are not accepted)

 

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Registration number

Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

Passed at level C1 or C2

ID-number and Secret Number

Cambridge Proficiency

Passed at level C1 or C2

ID-number and Secret Number

Please notice:

  • IELTS and TOEFL tests older than 2 years are not accepted (counted from the programme application deadline). There is no period of limitation for validity of the Cambridge tests.
  • If you have not yet completed a language test by the programme application deadline, you are required to send us your test score as soon as possible and in no case later than: 
    • 1 June Non-EU, -EEA and -Swiss citizens 

    • 15 August Danish, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens