This page specifically describes the required knowledge and skills required for admission to the MSc Animal Sciences. For the additional general admission requirements of Wageningen University & Research, application deadlines and the application procedure, visit How to apply for a master's programme?
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Purpose and reason for the admission requirements
The admission requirements for the MSc Animal Sciences are defined in such a way that the students should be able to successfully complete the programme nominally in two years. To comply, students should have sufficient knowledge on concepts and methodologies related to animals (terrestrial and aquatic), for example breeding, health and welfare, behaviour, and nutrition. For collection and analyses of experimental data, a solid basis in research methodology and statistics is necessary.
The criterion used for admission is
a WUR BSc degree in Animal Sciences, Dutch BSc in Biology (with CROHO 56860 or 59325), or equivalent.
The norm for this equivalence is
An assessment of the student's expertise in the following topics:
- Biology (animal biology and physiology)
- Natural sciences (chemistry) applied to the discipline of domesticated animals
- Mathematics (differentiation, integration, first order differential equations, calculus, linear algebra)
- Research methodology including basics in statistics
Not all topics mentioned need to be mastered at the same level; they will be weighed by the Admission Board per individual application.
Method of assessment whether this norm is met
- Transcript of records displaying the content of previous course subjects and project work;
- Curriculum vitae displaying relevant work, internship and/or project experience on an academic level in a relevant field if applicable.
Scores attributed by the Admission Board
Admitted / not admitted / admitted under condition obtaining the BSc or MSc degree / not admitted with offer of pre-master
The Admission Board may allow and/or suggest compensation of knowledge gaps by:
- a GPA≥7.0* for the previous education for small discrepancies as new knowledge is sufficiently easily acquired;
- a GPA≥7.0* and an individual pre-master's programme for larger discrepancies that can be compensated in ≤30 ECTS and one year of study.
*Check the general admissions page for the International credentials evaluation guide for international equivalencies to a Dutch GPA≥7.0. This guide includes compensating factors for a slightly lower GPA the Admission Board may include in their judgement.
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Admissible study programmes
Graduates from study programmes that may meet the knowledge requirements for Animal Sciences are for example: Animal Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Aquatic Sciences, Fisheries, and Veterinary Sciences.
Study programmes with knowledge gaps
Study programmes whose students often have to follow additional courses during the previous study programme or a pre-master to fulfil the knowledge requirements are for example: Forest and Nature Conservation, and Plant Sciences.