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Animal Science – a scientific approach

HV0198 Animal Science – a scientific approach, 7.5 Credits

Husdjursvetenskap – vetenskapligt perspektiv

Syllabus approved



Animal science

Education cycle

Second cycle

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

150 credits at first cycle level, of which
• 60 credits biology
• 60 credits animal science
• 60 credits equine science
• 60 credits veterinary nursing
• 60 credits veterinary medicine
• 60 credits agricultural sciences of which at least 30 credits animal and dairy science/zoology

and English 6


The course intends to provide general knowledge of theory within animal science and the methods that are used within the research domain. The course also intends to give the students time to reflect on scientific theory and ethical challenges.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- search, compile, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information and literature,
- suggest and design a scientific project plan within given issues in animal science,
- discuss and reflect on experimental design and methods used within animal science,
- with a critical approach discuss current research within animal science,
- reflect on ethical and sustainability challenges within animal science,
- write and orally present a project plan and critically review and discuss, as well as give constructive criticism of, another student´s product.


The course is the first course in the animal science master program, and consequently includes parts of getting to know the university, the library and the course routines within animal science. The introduction also includes activities to create a respectful and open learning atmosphere. The course contains an overview within the animal science field and theory of knowledge and research ethics. The course focus is on domesticated animals involved in the production-, sport and companion animals. The course contains lectures, scientific seminars and own project work. To search, compile and critically interpret information is important skills that are trained in several parts of this course. Compulsory components occur within e g seminars and project work.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course assumes good prior knowledge within animal physiology.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Environment and Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Replaces: delvis HV0162
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Animal Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Animal science
Course code: HV0198 Application code: SLU-10011 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Environment and Health Pace: 100%