• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


How can animals adapt to their environment, and how can we create the best possible environment for them? Answering these questions demands a fundamental understanding of the biology of domestic and captive animals, as well as knowledge about animal management and care in our society.

The bachelor's programme in Animal Sciences at the Wageningen University and Research is a three-year full-time programme. In the first year orientation in Animal Sciences and basic knowledge courses are key. In the second year, students choose one of two majors. A large part of the third year consists of elective subjects, as well as an individual research project.

Future career - Animal Sciences

Now you know what the programme is all about, but what are the career options afterwards? Although the three-year bachelor's programme Animal Sciences may provide job opportunities for graduates, it is rare as employers in the sector are often looking for graduates from academic master's programmes. A master degree is therefore the most logical next step following the bachelor's programme.

Most graduates of the bachelor Animal Sciences continue with the master Animal Sciences. Master graduates find work in industry, at research institutions, the public sector or non-profit organisations. In industry, graduates work in technical, commercial or managerial functions. Many graduates choose a career as scientific researcher at universities or research institutions in the Netherlands or abroad. In the public sector (e.g. provincial, national or EU authorities), animal scientists work as policy advisors to develop legislation and policies for animal welfare and the environment. When you are interested to work as a teacher in high school or in professional education, you can prepare yourself with the special educational (free) bachelor's programme.

Possible jobs

Depending on your specialisation you can find work for example as:

  • Scientific Researcher
  • Behaviour specialist
  • Nutritional specialist
  • Advisor at a bank
  • Geneticist
  • Account manager
  • Policy officer or teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you wish to qualify for OKP the deadline is 15 January 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Introduction Animal Sciences
  • Bio-organic Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • General Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Mathematics 1 OR Statistics 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Fundamentals of Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology of Domestic Animals
  • Statistics 2
  • Animal Science in Society
  • Human and Animal Biology 1
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Mathematics 3
  • Internship
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Human and Animal Biology 2
  • Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics
  • Immunology and Thermoregulation
  • Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Systems Approach in Animal Sciences
  • Introduction in Animal Ecology
  • Advanced Statistics
  • BSc thesis and skills
  • Electives (e.g. BSc minor)
For more information, please check the programme website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

To be admitted bachelor's programme Animal Sciences, you should have studied mathematics and chemistry, also, you need to:

  • Be in possession of a secondary school leaving certificate (a Dutch ‘vwo-diploma’ or an equivalent to a Dutch pre-university diploma) which gives admission to a university, and;
  • Have studied certain subjects (at a required level) relevant to the programme you are applying for, and;
  • Be fluent in the English language.
  • For Dutch taught programmes you also have to meet the Dutch language requirement.
English requirements alternative scores
  • RATEr: listening pass, reading pass, writing borderline, speaking borderline
  • Dutch VWO diploma: English
  • Dutch HAVO diploma: English 7 or above

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15700 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Wageningen

  • 700 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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