EM-SANF - Erasmus Mundus Master Course Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding

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  • Duration: 24 months


Feeding the growing world population in a sustainable manner (i.e., environmentally sound and socioeconomically acceptable) is today’s major challenge requiring highly trained experts with a multi-focus view towards animal nutrition. This EM-SANF MSc programme educates students to solve animal nutrition challenges of the future. Complementary expertise of four European Higher Education Institutes and support from academic partners worldwide and the international feed industry will educate students to meet the challenge of “twice the food production at half the ecological footprint”.

The EM-SANF MSc is taught in English, including lectures, practicals, excursions, examinations and thesis work. A “thesis-oriented approach is employed with students starting with course work during the 1st year to enable them to conduct research as part of their thesis in the 2nd year. In the 1st semester (S1) of year 1, each student makes a choice between two partners either focusing on “feed market & economics” or “nutrition & environment”. After S1, students continue their education at one of the two other partners and focus on “feed & food evaluation” or “modelling nutrient metabolism”. The 2nd year is divided in an internship and a thesis, supervised by the chosen partners in the 1st year, and if possible conducted at one of the other (associate) partners. Some of the subjects can be followed by all students at each partner due to cross-teaching, video-conferencing and distance learning. Study advisors will assist each student to make decisions in planning. In total 4 different tracks (4 combinations of double degrees) can be followed.

The education is complemented with a 2 week Introduction Programme (IP) for 1st year students allowing training of scientific skills and networking with fellow students (midterm and graduate), tutors, associate and industry partners. During a Summer Conference (2nd week of the IP), mid-term students present their thesis proposals to the Consortium, the 1st year students, and the representatives of associate partners. The official Graduation Ceremony will take place at the end of the IP.

This MSc-course is open to motivated students with a BSc degree in Animal Sciences, Biology (Zoology oriented) or Veterinary Sciences from non-European and European universities, with a number of compulsory prerequisites (basic knowledge of Statistics, Mathematics and Chemistry).



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