Programme Structure

You will follow two compulsory courses that give you a solid understanding of special problems within the subjects. In addition you choose from a large number of elective and restricted elective courses which give you a good opportunity to structure your education on the basis of your particular academic interests.

At the faculty of Science and faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, you can choose between such different subjects as management of livestock, ethology, mammal genomics, parasitology, immunology, biotechnology, quantitative genetics and breeding, animal experimental techniques, food quality, business economics, nutrition, feed, strategic advising and management, project management, big data processing etc. You are also free to choose courses at other faculties at the University of Copenhagen and at other Danish or international universities.

The programme is taught in English, which helps you to obtain a strong international profile.

The programme includes the following elements:

  • Compulsory courses of 22.5 ECTS
  • Restricted elective courses of minimum 30 ECTS
  • Elective courses of maximum 22.5 ECTS
  • A thesis of 45 ECTS
  • Compulsory courses, restricted elective courses and thesis must sum to a least of 97.5 ECTS.

The programme structure is shown below.

Study plan - MSc in Animal Science

Year 1

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

Animals and Sustainability 

Restricted electives/electives Livestock and Equine Production Science Restricted electives/electives
Restricted electives/electives Restricted electives/electives Restricted electives/electives

Year 2

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

Thesis 45 ECTS

Restricted electives/electives

One block is 9 weeks long and equals 15 ECTS points.

Compulsory courses of 22.5 ECTS

Animals and Sustainability – 7,5 ECTS

Livestock and Equine Production Science – 15 ECTS

Restricted elective courses:

Minimum 30 ECTS credits are to be covered by courses from the following list:

Advanced Livestock and Equine Production Science

Experimental Animal Nutrition and Physiology (EANP)

Nutrition and Management of Companion and Exotic Animals

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Herd Management

Quantitative Genomics and Breeding


Domestic Animal Parasitology

Parasitic Zoonoses and One Health approaches


Besides the two compulsory courses and the restricted electives, the programme includes 22,5 elective courses.

Find the list of elective courses for this academic year


The thesis is the final part of your degree. It is your opportunity to concentrate on an academic problem which interests you, for nine months (45 ECTS). It can be both theoretical and practical and often it will contain independent experimental work or collection and analysis of data. You can make the thesis in collaboration with the private sector, for instance by working on a real life problem and often such collaborations may lead to a job after graduation.

International profile

There are plenty of opportunities to achieve an international profile by taking courses at some of the partner universities of the Faculty of Science in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Read more about studying abroad.