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Applied Animal Science

During the minor ‘Applied Animal Sciences’ students will be trained to apply findings from experimental results to the effects of environmental factors (housing, nutrition, legislation, exploitation, etc.) on animal health and welfare. Students will learn to explain these effects from the perspective of animal biology and will be able to put these into a social and business context.

About the programme:

Animal physiology and the link with housing, behaviour, health and nutrition


The student is able to explain how differences in housing, feeding, health or behaviour affect the physiology of animals.

The student is able to explain the biological effect of changes in animal management in housing, feeding, health and behaviour.

The student is able to propose an evidence-based solution/research or management strategy for a complex problem in the management of an animal and to consider the physiology of animals and manner of housing, feeding, health and behaviour.

In addition to acquiring in-depth knowledge of animal biology, students will also work on their personal skills. Depending on the future jobs or studies they are aiming for, students set learning objectives in the fields of communication, self-development, research, statistics, etc. 

The student is able to evaluate, in the context of business and society, hot topics in the work field of their study subject, and is able to analyse the factors that have a positive or negative influence. Additionally, the student is able to formulate an informed vision about these factors.


  • In addition to their foundation, or propaedeutic diploma from a university of applied sciences, the enrolling student is expected to have obtained at least 90 credit points in the second and third year of their studies on a related degree programme in animal sciences (biology / research).
  • Enrolling students are able to demonstrate a high ability to work independently: they are able to make decisions and put together their own curriculum.
  • The relevance of the applicant’s background will be assessed during an intake interview with the coordinator of the minor, based on a letter of motivation and CV.
  • We expect the enrolling student to have English listening and reading skills at level B2, and speaking and writing skills at level B1. (more information can be found via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • Acceptance on the minor is subject to the availability of places on the course.




The minor lasts 20 weeks, fulltime. You will work on your personal plan 3 days a week, and on a group project for 2 days a week. Lessons are planned on 2-3 days/week.


1/3 knowledge assessment (individual), 1/3 research report (group), 1/3 professional attitude (individual)