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Animal Welfare, 60 credits

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Programme description


Animal welfare is a subject that is both important and in demand. The welfare of all livestock animals is now regulated through the Norwegian Animal Welfare Act. This year-long study programme aims to provide a theoretical foundation for analyzing and understanding livestock welfare in practical situations. The programme consists of courses that approaches livestock welfare from various angles, such as e.g. livestock environment, physiology, animal welfare, animal health and ethology (behavior).

Electives on the programme:
The programme description contains electives comprising 10 ECTS credits. You may choose between Chemistry, Environment and Pollution or Zoologic determination of species. Students who wish to proceed on the bachelor`s programme in Animal Sciences - Welfare and production must choose Chemistry, Environment and Pollution (BIO101) as their elective course, as this is a mandatory course on the bachelor`s programme. Please contact the study advisor for further information.

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, the candidate:


  • Has knowledge of livestock animals¿ environment, anatomy and physiology, health, welfare and production
  • Has knowledge of public laws and regulations that are of importance for livestock keeping
  • Has knowledge of important research and development work in livestock environment and production


  • Can apply professional knowledge and results from research and development work onto professional livestock-related issues
  • Can reflect upon how livestock keeping should be conducted in order to achieve good animal welfare
  • Can locate, assess and apply professional academic knowledge to inform agricultural issues
  • Can apply different tools and techniques to survey the stabling conditions for livestock

General competences:

  • Has knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical issues related to livestock welfare and production
  • Can plan and conduct assignments, alone or as member of a group, in keeping with ethical norms and standards
  • Can present relevant information in professional contexts
  • Can exchange views and experiences in a professional community and through that contribute to the developing of profitable livestock keeping based on good animal welfare

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification.
Norwegian language proficiency.
This programme is only taught in Norwegian. If you do not meet the Norwegian language proficiency requirements, you do not qualify for admission.
View general admission and documentation requirements.

Career possibilities

If you continue on the in Animal Sciences - Welfare and Production, bachelor`s programme you will qualify for various posts on consultant and middle management levels where theoretical competence and practical insight into livestock keeping is required.

Further education

Studiet er et godt grunnlag for videre studier med relasjon til husdyrhold, for eksempel bachelorgradsstudiet i husdyrfag - velferd og produksjon, veterinærmedisin eller dyrepleie.


No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.
The students must have a PC, microphone and web camera and cover their own expenses related to this.
Deductibles may incur for some non-mandatory excursions.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevant to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Candidates work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".

Assessment methods

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Candidates work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".

Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire, as well as by the programme director. The evaluations form a part of the University's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 60 Study level One-year programme Teaching language
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Course location Steinkjer