Animal Husbandry – Master’s degree studies

The Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology offers Master’s degree studies in the field of Animal Husbandry taught in English. Choose from two specialisations:

  • Animal Breeding and Feed Management
  • Free-Living Animal Husbandry And Hunting Management

Candidates for the Animal Husbandry programme must have completed BA studies in life sciences and must speak English at the B2 level. We believe that studying in English will open new doors for our students on the job market!

‘Your future is in your hands’

Courses are run in typical academic formats: lectures, various types of classes, and seminars; elective courses are also available. Students have access to a well-equipped computer room as well as modern laboratories: biology/chemistry lab, molecular genetics lab, and biotechnology lab. The programme includes internships, which may take place at leading private farms specialising in animal production, academic institutions with which our Faculty cooperates, state-owned farms, government agencies, or abroad – for instance, in the USA, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom, or the Netherlands. Students acquire specialist knowledge on the breeding of farm livestock, domestic animals and pet animals. Studied areas include biology of reproduction, genetics and methods of animal improvement, as well as technology and techniques used in the production of food of animal origin to ensure animal health and welfare. Students also learn about assessment of animals’ performance, and the details of animal produce. Furthermore, they are familiar with the basics of crop production, fishing and beekeeping, information technology, economics, as well as management and marketing.

Profile of a First Degree Graduate (in Polish)

Graduating from this BA Animal Husbandry programme, the graduate will be an expert in the breeding of all farm livestock species, have interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the area of agricultural sciences as well as the ability to apply them in your professional work. The graduate acquires comprehensive knowledge of livestock breeding, management technology, feeding and care, as well as assessment of animal produce, basics of crop production, design of animal production systems for large-scale and family-owned farms, work organisation at agricultural establishments, team leadership, running a farm, and basic legal issues related to running business. The graduate can speak a foreign language at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and knows technical expressions related to agriculture and animal husbandry. He/she is able to apply computers for the creation and management of databases. Furthermore, the graduate may progress to MA studies.

Profile of a Second Degree Graduate (in Polish)

The graduate of the MA Animal Husbandry programme has thorough knowledge and skills of planning and organising animal husbandry, and practical application of breeding, feeding and prevention programmes in animal populations. Additionally, the graduate acquires knowledge and skills in their chosen specialisation.

Employment opportunities for graduates:

  • Agriculture-related jobs in the national and local government sector
  • Agricultural consulting, breeding supervision
  • Insemination services
  • Specialist laboratories
  • Companies dealing in animal trade and animal produce
  • Running farms
  • Companies dealing in production and distribution of feeds and feed additives
  • Poultry, meat and agricultural food plants
  • Animal sanctuaries
  • Holiday farms
  • The Polish Hunting Association
  • Polish Breeder Federations responsible for various livestock species
  • Educational institutions of various levels

Animal Breeding and Feed Management

The graduate knows which factors affect animal production efficiency. He/she can apply information technology in animal production and calculate its profitability. He/she understands issues related to technological foundations of breeding selected species. The graduate can schedule feed production processes, including biotechnology products. He/she has knowledge of management and marketing in the feed industry, as well as of economic processes in animal production; furthermore, is familiar with legal regulations concerning animal breeding technologies, production and trade of milk, livestock, eggs and wool, and also with genetic, physiological and environmental grounds of animal behaviour. The graduate has understanding of fishing notions, and is familiar with the biology of bees, apiary management, honey flows and bee products; is aware of his/her social, ethical, and professional responsibility to produce healthy food and ensure animal welfare. He/she is able to formulate recommendations for various processes in animal production.

Free-Living Animal Husbandry And Hunting Management

The graduate has the ability to plan and design forest hunting grounds, and protection for farm and forest crops. Furthermore, using his/her knowledge of hunting traditions, hunting law and safety principles, he/she can organise hunts. The graduate is able to describe breeds and abilities of hunting dogs. He/she knows preparation techniques for game animals, and valuation methods for hunting trophies; is familiar with legal regulations and hunting models; is able to define ways of estimating hunting damage as well as animals’ effect on farming and forest environment. The graduate knows how to apply methods of assessing the size and structure of free-living animal populations. He/she can describe the importance of breeding and reintroduction of wild game for maintaining biodiversity. Being familiar with the anatomical structures and physiological processes, he/she has thorough knowledge of feeding deer. The graduate is able to apply simple diagnostic methods in identification of wild game diseases. He/she is able to assess the quality of products made from game meat using basic techniques and tools.