• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The way we practise livestock production has changed worldwide over the past century and new technological developments have created new opportunities for innovative research and application in all three disciplines of animal nutrition, animal breeding and genetics, and animal physiology. Animal scientists work in collaboration with veterinary scientists, crop scientists and agricultural economists to provide solutions to improve animal health and welfare, reduce CH4 emissions and increase the efficiency of production to meet the demands of the world’s growing population.

Animal science is a profession in its own right, according to Act 27 of 2003, and this requires animal scientists to register with the SA Council for Natural Science Professions once they have completed their degrees and start working in the livestock industry. The Animal Science programme provides a sound basis of fundamental sciences during the first two years of study, which include the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Mathematics and Biochemistry. 

These are essential for understanding and being able to integrate the advanced principles in animal genetics, animal physiology and nutrition that will be studied in the third and final year. In the final year, the three major focus areas of genetics, physiology and nutrition are integrated to teach the management and application of large livestock, small stock, poultry, pigs and companion animals. The Animal Science programme from University of Pretoria  can lead to MScAgric programmes in animal nutrition, production physiology or animal breeding and genetics, or to an honours degree in Wildlife Management.

Career Opportunities

Animal science is focused on the application of the scientific aspects of animal production and the quality control of products to ensure consumer satisfaction and careers in this field make an important contribution to agriculture in South Africa. Based on the most recent research and the needs of both animals and humans, animal science focuses on the entire livestock production value chain, from conception to consumption. There are numerous career opportunities for animal and wildlife scientists in research, commercial farming and the public sector, and for professionals in the animal science industry. 

Animal scientists can work on different levels in these sectors, eg as researchers or consultants on animal nutrition or breeding, technical representatives, managers of intensive and extensive animal production systems and policymakers. The BScAgric (Animal Science) degree is acknowledged as a professional qualification by SACNSP in terms of Act 106 of 1993, and is internationally recognised, which means that graduates can register as professional animal scientists.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    560 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biometry 
  • Plant biology 
  • General chemistry
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Physics for biologi students 
  • Mathematics 
  • Animal diversity 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Applicants from countries other than South Africa must meet various admission requirements of which the most important ones are: the academic admission requirements and the equivalent certificate called the Exemption Certificate issued by the organisation: Universities South Africa (USAf).  
  •  School Qualification Certificate from the country of origin
  • Subjects passed on an exit-level

  • Certificate of Complete Exemption or Foreign Conditional Exemption obtainable from Universities South Africa (USAf)
  •  National Benchmark Test (NBT), if requested by the relevant faculty and/or South African Scholastic Aptitude Test
  •   (SAT) results, if requested by the relevant faculty

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3340 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3340 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1670 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • SADC countries: $1 670-3 179
  • Non-SADC countries:$ 3 340-6 358

Living costs for Pretoria

  • 8592 - 10310 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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


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