EMABG MSc course

Set-up of the MSc course

The EM-ABG builds on existing MSc courses and consists of required and elective subjects: Orientation Period, Disciplinary and Complementary subjects, Internship period, Breeding lab, Collaborative student project and Thesis research.

The EMABG concentrates on the development of scientific expertise in the areas of quantitative, population and molecular genetics related to animal breeding. This involves four study tracks:

  • Breeding programmes in low-income countries (study track WU - BOKU)
  • Biological and societal context of breeding (study track WU – SLU or UGOE - SLU)
  • Genomic selection and precise phenotypes (study track WU – NMBU or UGOE - NMBU)
  • Functional genomics (study track UGOE - APT)

The global structure of the EM-ABG is presented in the figure below.

Global structure EM-ABG

You can choose one of four specializations or study tracks. The two first-year universities (UGOE and WU) both provide a solid general training in basic quantitative genetics and breeding principles with some early emphasis on breeding programme design (WU) and genomics and biotechnology (UGOE). During the first year there is a choice of courses that will help you to tailor your programme towards your desired route of specialisation in the second year (flexible learning paths). These specialisations match with the area of scientific expertise of each participating university. WU is leading in research on breeding programme design and genomics of biodiversity. BOKU is in the forefront in research on tailor-made breeding programmes for indigenous breeds in low-income countries. SLU is leading in research on animal welfare, focussing on the biological and societal context of animal breeding. NMBU and UGOE are leaders in statistical methodology for genomic selection with big data, while APT, through its association with INRA, is leading in research on functional genotype-phenotype relationships. The Welcome course, the breeding lab, the internship placement, the summer course, and the thesis work provide the rich learning environment where you will work closely together with industry partners on individual or group assignments (breeding lab and internship), discussions on societal issues (summer course) and specific research questions with data sets provided by industry partners (thesis).