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Bachelor’s programme

Livestock Science


Do you want to engage in developing future food production, ensuring good animal welfare, and contributing to a sustainable agriculture?

Programme description

Our society is undergoing major changes, where food safety is becoming increasingly important. The way we produce our food and what we consider as good animal welfare is constantly evolving. At the same time, climate change challenges agriculture to find new and more climate friendly solutions. New technology, such as robots, virtual fences, drones, and big data, provides new opportunities for food production. The Bachelor's degree in Livestock Science gives you knowledge about animals, animal welfare, technology, and climate. The study emphasizes linking theoretical knowledge to practical issues through close contact with the business world. Together, this provides you the expertise needed to contribute to future production of safe and sustainable food.

Career opportunities

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.
Internship in Livestock Science is an elective course for students of the bachelor’s degree in Livestock Science. Here, the student will have the opportunity to participate in the daily work of a company, institution, or organization, and in that way gain relevant work experience. After the internship, the students participating in the course must share and discuss their experiences with fellow students and subject teachers through an experience seminar.

Higher education entrance qualification

Norwegian language proficiency

General admission and documentation requirements

Would you like to spend a semester abroad at a foreign institution? We highly recommended our students to spend part of their degree at one of our collaborating universities. Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity to gain international experience, while allowing a broader selection of topics and courses. A study abroad compliments your degree best in the fourth semester.

We have dedicated staff who will do their best to help you with your stay abroad. For more information on the process, please contact Jose de Pool, advisor for study exchange.

The application deadline for exchange in the spring semester is 1 September.

Exchange agreements, FBA

This programme qualifies candidates to apply for the MSc programme in Biosciences or Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources at Nord University. For admission at MSc programme in Bioscience, 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.

Upon successful completion of this programme, the candidate:


  • has thorough knowledge of livestock anatomy and physiology, health, welfare and production
  • has thorough knowledge of production economy and construction solutions in livestock production contexts
  • has 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 eveloping 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
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.