Academic programmes

Undergraduate training 

Undergraduate training takes place over a period of four years (eight semesters) and is compiled in such a way that the student is properly trained in scientific knowledge and technical skills in order to develop a career in almost any field in the livestock industry. A foundation of basic principles is provided in the first year, followed by more advanced courses in animal nutrition, animal physiology and animal breeding in the second and third year. In the fourth year of study, all the principles are integrated in modules that focus primarily on the management of livestock, poultry and wildlife. 

Postgraduate training


Postgraduate studies in Animal and Wildlife Sciences
The department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences has a responsibility in terms of training postgraduates who have a clear and growing understanding of animal science in the South African context, and also with the ability to develop and contribute to the international animal industry. Postgraduate training is focused on specialisation in a specific field and/or species chosen and the development of advanced scientific skills.
The following postgraduate degree programmes are offered:
  • MSc(Agric)
This is a two-year degree which includes coursework, seminars and a research project which is written up as a dissertation. Admittance requirements: The student must have a BSc(Agric) degree with an average mark of 60% in the chosen field of specialisation.
  • PhD
This includes an original, independent research project and thesis that will contribute to the advancement of animal science. Admittance requirements: The student must have an applicable master's degree.
Four main research focus areas have been identified in which the majority of postgraduate students are accommodated, namely animal physiology (growth, reproduction, adaptation, meat science), animal breeding (quantitative and molecular animal breeding and genetics), animal nutrition (monogastric and ruminant nutrition) and production management (different species and production systems). A high standard of training and research is maintained and research results are published in local and international scientific journals. Qualifications obtained are internationally recognised and unlock numerous opportunities in the animal sectors



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