Professional career interests next to Animal Sciences

Are you interested in a specific role in society after graduating? Then you may choose -next to your specialisation and instead of an internship- a research practice in a specific field, think of research, education, communication or economy, that helps you to focus towards your future career.

In consultation with your study adviser you can deepen your knowledge on topics outside the domain of animal sciences. You can choose from five different chair groups to orient yourself towards a professional job. To follow a research practice at any of these chair groups, students may have to follow advanced courses in that field.

Interest in (agro)industry

  • Business Economics group (BEC): Students receive training in business economics providing them with the knowledge to address research questions in the area of the economics of farms and agribusinesses, animal health, plant health, food safety and sustainable agriculture.
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour group (MCB): Students receive training focusing on marketing (management) and consumer behaviour issues related to food and agribusiness, and institutions interested in food and agriculture.
  • Business Management & Organisation group (BMO): Students receive training in innovation and entrepreneurship in chains and networks, focusing on the agri-food industry.

Interest in (higher) education

  • Education and Learning Sciences group (ELS): Students will learn to understand and facilitate the enhancement of human potential in response to global challenges (specifically in the domain of food and life sciences).

Interest in (semi)governmental organisations

  • Public Administration and Policy group (PAP): Students receive training in the governance of wicked problems in the interrelated domains of water and climate; food and agriculture. The generated insights will be used to develop governance arrangements.
  • Communication, Philosophy and Technology section (CPT): This section consists of three chairgroups: the Strategic Communication group, the Philosophy group and the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group. All work together to develop a better understanding of the relations between the life sciences and societal change. Their starting point is that technical issues in agriculture, food, health and ecology are closely connected with social issues, such as human relations, democracy, equity and ethics.

Interest in research

Students with a strong interest in research can, in consultation with and after approval of their study adviser, choose for a research oriented track. Within this track, the focus will be on a future career in science. The student participates in the course Research Master Cluster for Animal Sciences (RMC: YAS-60312). The student is advised to follow a research practice instead of an internship.

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