European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG)

January 15, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Austria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
Vienna, Paris, Göttingen, Wageningen, Ås, Uppsala


Are you interested in animal breeding? Do you have a passion for genetics? Do you enjoy working in a truly international environment? Then you are the right candidate for the European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG)! The EMABG MSc course is open for motivated students with a background in Animal Sciences, biology or related fields, who would like to specialise in the field of Animal Breeding and Genetics. EMABG welcomes applicants of any nationality, economic or social background who meet the admission requirements.


EMABG Programme

The overall vision of the programme is to deliver graduates who are experts in animal breeding and genetics, with different specialisations depending on their chosen study track. This will make them suitable in areas such as managing breeding programmes in low-income countries, conducting breeding value estimations as required by industry, responding to societal needs to combat climate change, or improving animal welfare through breeding. The ultimate goal is to train a new generation of graduates that is fit to respond to current and future needs of the animal breeding sector in a global context.


The EMABG is a joint master programme that fulfils a real need for the industry sector and for society as a whole. It is designed to answer the scientific, practical, and societal challenges of animal breeding and genetics. These challenges can be summarised for both developed and low-income countries as follows:

  • meeting the greater demand for animal and fish products, while preserving or improving the quality of products, the welfare of animals, and minimising the environmental impact
  • preserving natural resources, with special attention to biodiversity
  • making efficient use of novel tools and technologies to reach these goals while maintaining societal acceptance of animal breeding
  • developing sustainable animal breeding programmes that contribute to an improved livelihood of farmers and efficient food chains
  • developing sustainable breeding programmes that contribute to the improved health and welfare of animals, including populations in zoos and nature reserves


It is a common vision of EMABG partners to meet these challenges by intensive cooperation in the education and training of students, further enhanced by the relationship between participating universities. Thus, the EMABG was set up to:

  • offer high quality education with a European perspective in the field of animal breeding and genetics, which is attractive to programme and partner-country nationals
  • enhance the quality of training in animal breeding and genetics and to strengthen the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area
  • contribute to the needs of societies by developing the qualifications of students, so that they possess the appropriate skills, and are open-minded and internationally experienced

After completion of the EMABG course, graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the current world context of animal breeding, and reflect on its social and ethical aspects.
  • Show knowledge of biostatistics, quantitative and molecular genetics, and use correct scientific vocabulary.
  • Identify and critically analyse key factors and forces behind animal breeding problems and relate their own discipline to a multidisciplinary framework.
  • Create a solution for a given problem by applying appropriate research methods, instruments and tools, and organise, monitor, and evaluate results within their specialisation, while
    • collecting relevant information and literature,
    • understanding and applying required methods to conduct research,
    • reflecting critically on own and literature research work, and adjusting and suggesting improvement of the analysis.
    • concluding and pointing out practical recommendations based on the analysis of results
  • Present an oral and written report of study and research activities, while taking into account the nature of the audience.
  • Adapt and apply their knowledge to different working and cultural environments.
  • Demonstrate learning and organisational skills to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.
  • Operate in an international context in both content and social-cultural aspects, both independently and in a team.

Study tracks

The EMABG is a 2-year study programme (120 ETCS) and builds on MSc courses that already exist in the different consortium universities. It 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 (WUR – BOKU)
  • Biological and societal context of breeding (WUR – SLU / UGOE – SLU)
  • Genomic selection and precise phenotypes (WUR – NMBU / UGOE – NMBU)
  • Integrative biology (UGOE – APT)

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Please check that you meet the following requirements for EMABG:

  • Academic Bachelor of Science Degree (minimum 180 ECTS) in animal science. An equivalent degree from related fields, such as agricultural sciences, veterinary medicine, zoology, botany, microbiology or similar is also accepted, if basics of genetics or animal breeding knowledge is documented in the transcript of records.
  • Language Proficiency: A good knowledge of English is a prerequisite for an application.
  • Students are required to pass a language proficiency exam meeting the following minimum requirements:
  • TOEFL IBT: at least 80 (minimum of 20 in the sub-score “speaking”)
  • ACADEMIC IELTS: at least 6.0 (minimum of 6.0 in the sub-score “speaking”)
  • CAMBRIDGE FCE/B2 First: score between 180-190, Grade A
  • CAMBRIDGE CAE/C1 Advanced: score between 180-210, Grade C
  • CAMBRIDGE CPE/C2 Proficiency: score between 180-230 or Grade C

> The language proficiency certificates should have been taken no longer than two years before the application deadline.


Deadline: January 15, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions.

EMJMDs award EU-funded scholarships to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds.

Study must take place in at least two of the Programme countries. Part of the studies can also take place in a Partner country if there is a Partner country institution involved.

EMJMD scholarship

A limited number of highly competitive EMJMD scholarships, provided by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union are available that cover participation, living and travel costs.

Students who have already received an EMJMD or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible.

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