MSc thesis

You can conduct a thesis with a workload of 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. We are open for your suggestions to create a palatable and challenging in-depth MSc thesis. We have an weekly open question hour (Wednesday 12.00-13.00), during which you can discuss optional thesis topics with the MSc thesis coordinator, Dr Nikkie van der Wielen. Please, sent an e-mail to to inform her about your visit to the Thesis topic question hour.

Subject and planning of your ANU thesis

All available MSc thesis subjects can be consulted via the MSc thesis coordinator Dr Nikkie van der Wielen. This consultation should be done at least 6 months in advance to ensure the actual start date of the research. During this meeting you will discuss the research you are interested in and next steps in the organisation of the thesis. 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 Dr Nikkie van der Wielen (, to visit the thesis topic question hour, Tuesday 12.50-13.50, and explore and discuss thesis possibilities.
  • Read the study guide (see Documents page).
  • Download the Master thesis agreement (see Documents page), complete the agreement, and have it signed by your supervisor(s).
  • Attend 6 MaMi-presentations and 6 Colloquia (36/39 ECTS) or 3 MaMi-presentations and 3 Colloquia (24/33 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 (see Documents page).
  • Read the Thesis assessment rubric so you know the specific aspects of your thesis work that will be appreciated by your supervisor(s). The The thesis evaluation form and the thesis assessment rubric are listed on the Documents page. The form indicates that your 'Research competence' and 'Thesis report' will both account for 40% of the final grade, the 'Colloquium' and 'Examination' both 10%.