MSc thesis

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.

Thesis topics

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. You can find available thesis subjects on We are open for your suggestions to create a palatable and challenging in-depth MSc thesis.

Subject and planning of your ANU thesis

All available MSc thesis subjects can be consulted via Select a subject and contact the secretariat to make an appointment the corresponding academic staff member. During this meeting you will discuss the research you are interested in and make a rough planning. This consultation should be done at least 6 months in advance to ensure the actual start date of the 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. Contact the secretariat to make an appointment with one of the academic staff members. Do not contact industrial companies or foreign universities on your own initiative!

For your and our convenience, use the following the check-list

  • Visit to select a subject of interest.
  • Contact the secretariat to make an appointment with the appropriate ANU academic staff member(s) (
  • 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).
  • Attend 6 MaMi-presentations and 6 Colloquia (33/36 ECTS) or 3 MaMi-presentations and 3 Colloquia (18/33 ECTS).
  • Register for the thesis rings ( and attend all meetings of your thesis ring group.
  • 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.
  • 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%.

Documents to read