You can conduct a thesis with a workload of 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, or 33 ECTS for a Minor thesis and 36 or 39 ECTS for a Major thesis. The aim of this thesis research is to train your academic skills by means of an in-depth, scientific study on a subject of his/her interest. Before starting the thesis research, you will require some degree of nutritional knowledge. The latter can be gained by attending all three ANU courses or - at least - the relevant ANU courses for your Major or Minor thesis.
Compulsory courses Major thesis
- Animal Nutrition & Physiology
- Feed Technology or Nutrient Dynamics
Compulsory course Minor thesis
- Animal Nutrition & Physiology (animal-related subject) or Feed Technology (technology-related subject)
Detailed information about these courses can be found at this website or in the Study Handbook of the Wageningen University.
The thesis topics for MSc students at the Animal Nutrition Group vary considerably and can cover a whole range of animal species, research techniques and disciplines of animal nutrition. Most of our students take part in our research projects and their theses contribute significantly to project results. We are open for your suggestions to create a palatable and challenging in-depth MSc thesis.
Subject and planning of your ANU thesis
Contact the secretariat to make an appointment with one of the academic staff members to discuss the research you are interested in and a rough planning. This consultation should be done at least 6 months in advance to ensure the actual start date of the research. Preferably, the thesis subjects should fit within the research fields (PhD candidates/staff) of the ANU group. Subjects are selected taking into account your interests. Once a subject has chosen, an ANU supervisor will be identified who is responsible for the coordination of the thesis research. Agreements made between you and your supervisor(s) regarding the subject and organisation of the research are documented in the Thesis Agreement. You are responsible to ensure that a signed contract is developed and handed in at the ANU secretariat.
In the case you want to perform a thesis study at the industry or abroad, you follow the same procedure described above. Do not contact industrial companies or foreign universities on your own initiative!
For your and our convenience, use the following the check-list
- Contact the secretariat to make an appointment with one of the ANU academic staff members for a research subject (Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Read the study guide which you can download at the bottom of this page.
- Download the Master thesis agreement which you can download at the bottom of this page, complete the agreement, and have it signed by your supervisor(s).
- If applicable, obtain access to Zodiac during evenings and weekends or the experimental facilities. Discuss this with your supervisor(s).
- If applicable, read the laboratory rules which you can download at the bottom of this page.
- Attend 6 MaMo-presentations and 6 Colloquia (33/36 ECTS) or 3 MaMo-presentations and 3 Colloquia (18/33 ECTS).
- Read the Thesis assessment rubric (see document below) so you know the specific aspects of your thesis work that will be appreciated by your supervisor(s). The Thesis evaluation form is listed on the Documents page. This form indicates that your 'Research competence' and 'Thesis report' will both account for 40% of the final grade, the 'Colloquium' and 'Examination' both 10%.