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Animal Sciences - Welfare and Production, Bachelor's Programme

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Programme description

The bachelor's programme in Animal Sciences - Welfare and Production aims to: Provide a vocational education that qualifies candidates for holding high-skill positions in livestock advising and planning, for holding various positions in farming organisations, public farming management as well as in service and refining industries related to keeping of animals and livestock. Provide a satisfactory vocational education for livestock keepers who plan to keep livestock animals in a financially viable and animal welfare based manner. Many candidates from this programme now run their own farms.  

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student shall:


  • have thorough knowledge of livestock anatomy and physiology, health, welfare and production
  • have thorough knowledge of production economy and construction solutions in livestock production contexts
  • have thorough knowledge of public laws and regulations that are important to livestock keeping
  • is familiar with important research and development work in livestock production and is able to update his or her knowledge of agriculture


  • Can apply professional knowledge and results from research and development work to agricultural issues
  • Can reflect upon how livestock farming should be conducted in order to achieve good animal welfare and good financial results
  • Can locate, assess and apply academic knowledge to inform agricultural issues
  • Can apply different tools to analyse, plan and present optimal operation plans for different kinds of livestock animals

General competences:

  • Has thorough knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical issues related to animal welfare and production
  • Can plan and conduct various larger assignments, alone or as member of a group, in keeping with ethical norms and standards
  • Can collect, quality assure and apply relevant information to professional contexts and present this to others
  • 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
  • Is familiar with innovation and innovation processes and can apply this knowledge onto optimalisation of agricultural activities

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

This programme qualifies candidates to hold positions on consultant and middle management levels in private as well as public organisations where theoretical competence as well as practical knowledge of livestock-related issues is required.  

Further education

This programme qualifies candidates to apply for the MSc programme in Biosciences at Nord University. For admission, an additional course in mathematics/statistics is required. The programme is also suited for those wanting to pursue relevant masters degrees at other institutions in Norway as well as abroad.

Study abroad

Would you like to spend a semester abroad at a foreign institution? For students of the study programme Animal Sciences - Welfare and Production it is advisable to go abroad in the fourth semester. Relevant exchange institutions can be found in Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), The Netherlands, and USA.  

Please contact the international coordinator at the faculty, Jeanett Stegen, to explore your exchange opportunities.


In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, it is assumed that students have a laptop with microphone and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises. Students should further expect costs to incur in relation to transportation, accommodation and catering related to non-mandatory excursions and field courses.

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

Either a home exam, an oral examination or a written examination, or a combination, with regular Norwegian grading system. 

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 coordinator. The evaluations form a part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 180 Study level Bachelor's degree programme Teaching language Norwegian Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture Course location Steinkjer