Animal Breeding and Genetics


Letztes Update: 30.04.2021
Bereich: Pflanzenbau und Tierzucht 11
Umfang 4 Semester / 120 ECTS
Abschluss: MSc
Kosten: prinzipiell keine Studiengebühr (außer ÖH-Beitrag)


  • increase of livestock and fish production, while preserving the quality of the products and the welfare of animals;
  • preservation of natural resources, especially biodiversity, which become scarcer and scarcer;
  • development of sustainable animal breeding programmes that contribute to improved livelihood of farmers and efficient food chains;
  • development of sustainable breeding programmes that contribute to the improved health and welfare of companion animals (including populations in zoos and nature reserves)


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 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, o 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 analysis of results.
  • Present an oral and written report of study and research activities, considering the nature of the audience.
  • Adapt and apply their knowledge to different working and cultural environments.
  • Demonstrate the 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. 

Berufsaussichten / Jobs:

The objective of the European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics is to train and educate students on a high level, with the primary focus on theoretic background and current research practices. Consequently the graduates will be well fitted to pursue follow up qualifications within the academia, such as doctoral studies at BOKU or elsewhere. Graduates of the EMABG will be also well suited to fill advanced level positions in breeding companies, breeding organizations or in other parts of the animal breeding industry, acting as geneticists or consultants.


Graduates of the bachelor’s programmes in Agricultural Sciences offered by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Equine Sciences offered by University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna in cooperation with University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna are eligible for admission with no further requirements.
or graduates of other bachelor’s programmes, mastery of certain learning outcomes is required for admission.

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