MSc programme

MSc programme

On this page we will shortly explain the programme and aims of the European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics. The five partner universities each offer a particular expertise to the programme.

By choosing a different host university for the first and second year, students can follow their own interest and realise their individual learning plan.

EMABG in short

  • MSc course on Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • 2-year program
  • Top quality teaching at five excellent universities in Europe
  • International experience and fellow students from all over the world
  • A double degree (two MSc diplomas) after successful completion.
  • EMABG started as Erasmus Mundus Master Course in 2007, and has been awarded the Erasmus Mundus Brand Name for course editions 2012 and 2013

Aims of the programme

Aims of EMABG:

  • to offer quality higher education with a distinct European added value, attractive both within the European Union and beyond its borders;
  • to encourage and enable highly qualified graduates and scholars from all over the world to obtain qualifications and/or experience in the European Union;
  • to improve accessibility and enhance the profile and visibility of higher education in the European Union.

Complementarity of the partner universities within the EMABG course

The complementarity of the partners is clearly illustrated by the overview of animal breeding and genetics subjects offered by the different partners in the consortium. As to be expected, there is overlap between the subjects offered by the partners. For example, all partners provide the basic skills needed for animal breeding and genetics. The partners have their own profile:

  1. WU and UMB focus on Animal Breeding and Genomics
  2. BOKU focuses on Animal Breeding and Animal Production in general
  3. AgroParisTech focuses on Animal Breeding and Statistical Genetics
  4. SLU focuses on Animal Breeding and Animal Welfare.

Choosing your host universities

The profiles showed above assist the students in selecting an EM-ABG university for the first year of the course. In making the choice of university for the second year, students need to consider the ongoing research projects (item and species) at the different partner universities. An overview of the subjects taught at the different partner universities can be found in the EMABG study guide at the upper right.

Exploiting the existing complementarities during the MSc course

The EM-ABG offers the opportunity to exploit existing complementarities and provides excellent opportunities for increasing complementarity in the future. Complementarity is essential for the success of EM-ABG. Examples to illustrate this are:

Complementarity in species: all partners deal with farm animal species (cows, pigs, and poultry). UMB and WU offer subjects on aquaculture and fisheries. SLU and BOKU offer subjects on horses. Agro ParisTech offers subjects on sheep and goat breeding.

Complementarity in approach: some partners offer subjects that are developed around one single species (e.g. horse breeding, cattle breeding).

Individual study plan The EM-ABG offers a tailor-made study plan that meets the needs of the individual student. Each EMABG student makes his/her own study plan. Coherence and quality are discussed and approved by the mentor to ensure that the study plans meetings the requirements to award the double degree. The information about the subjects can be found here. There will be no parallel courses for the university’s own students.