MSc programme

Aims and learning outcomes

This page will shortly explain the programme and aims of the European Master in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding. The four partner universities each provide a particular expertise to the programme.

EM-SANF in short

It brings together four European Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) from France, Denmark, Hungary and the Netherlands in the area of animal nutrition to jointly offer a unique MSc course into Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding (EM-SANF). Through EM-SANF, third country students from all over the world and European students will receive a state of the art, 2-year Master education in the feeding and nutrition of food producing animals with a multidisciplinary approach towards productivity, welfare, environmental and economic impacts of animal production for all major animal species.

In summary:

  • MSc course on Animal Nutrition and Feeding
  • 2-year programme
  • Top quality education at four excellent universities in Europe
  • International experience and fellow students from all over the world
  • A double degree (two MSc diplomas) after successful completion.

Aims

The aims of the EM-SANF programme are:
  • To offer international (EU and non-EU) students high quality and relevant education in sustainable animal nutrition and feeding, provided with a distinct European focus and quality criteria;
  • To encourage highly qualified students to train themselves in multidisciplinary novel scientific approaches (both reductionistic and holistic) as well as in managerial strategic thinking skills in the feed industry;
  • To provide students with an excellent combination of basic sciences and management & economics in the feed-to-food approach;
  • To improve accessibility and enhance the level and visibility of higher education in the field of animal nutrition and feeding in the EU.

Learning outcomes

Students, who successfully completed this course and received their double 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.

Subjects at the partner universities

The four partner universities focus on different subjects within Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding:

  • Aarhus University (Denmark): Animal Nutrition & Environment
  • Ecole d'Ingenieurs Purpan (France): Feed Market & Economics
  • University of Debrecen (Hungary): Feed & Food Evaluation
  • Wageningen University (the Netherlands): Modeling Nutrient Metabolism

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