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Applied Animal Sciences


Students who choose this 20-week specialisation programme generally start working in, among others, the fields of animal health, nutrition, welfare, legislation and environment. They work at trade associations, veterinary practices, universities, research institutes/departments of different companies, government and feed industry. Applied biologists can also be found in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in product testing.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks

About the programme

The specialisation Applied Animal Sciences focuses on various areas: animal health, animal nutrition and animal welfare. During the programme students work in projects that are directly linked to companies that are active in the animal industry. They work with clients and contribute to solving real-life problems. Besides that, students have the opportunity to specialise themselves in a field of expertise of their own interest, and gather more knowledge and skills about topics which are needed for the job they are aiming for.  

There is a wide range of possible study areas, including recognition and prevention of diseases, epidemiology, infection, vaccination, antibiotics, anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, digestion, feed evaluation systems, animal welfare, ethics, policy and legislation, animal stress, emotions and measuring animal welfare.

The specialisation Applied Animal Sciences is a combination of theoretical knowledge and a research-based project. These form the basis of your weekly timetable: you will spend time attending lectures at the HAS and you will spend time working on your research project for a company, directly applying the theory you have learnt, in practice. 

Your research projects focus on 2 learning aims:

  1. Defining and carrying out applied practical research
    Through working in a small group, you will learn how to define and carry out research. You will follow an entire research process: from writing a research plan through to presenting the final results in the form of an article. If you have an idea for your research project, you can discuss the possibilities with the module tutor.
  2. Project-based working
    You will rarely carry out research alone. It is therefore important that you are able to work in a project-based approach. You will acquire these skills in the groups in which you carry out the research

Learning goals

After completing this programme:

  • You will have in-depth knowledge on animal biology.
  • You will be able to apply findings from experimental results to the effects of environmental factors (housing, nutrition, legislation, exploitation, etc.) on animal health and welfare.
  • You will be able to explain these effects from the perspective of animal biology and are able to place these in a social and business context.

Besides, you will also work on your personal skills. Depending on your future jobs or studies you are aiming at, you will set learning objectives in the fields of communication, self-development, research, statistics, etc.

Practical information

Practical information about the full programme of the 4th year specialisation Applied Animal Sciences from HAS green academy:

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Date: September –  February
  • Eligibility:
    3rd year university students
    Bachelor students in their final year of study
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Costs:
    Exchange students: free of charge
    Other students are charged the tuition fee for 1 semester

Admission requirements

  • In addition to their foundation, or propaedeutic diploma from a university of applied sciences, the enrolling student is expected to have obtained at least 90 credit points in the second and third year of their studies on a related degree programme in animal sciences (biology / research).
  • Enrolling students are able to demonstrate a high ability to work independently: they are able to make decisions and put together their own curriculum.
  • The relevance of the applicant’s background will be assessed during an intake interview with the coordinator of the minor, based on a letter of motivation and CV.
  • We expect the enrolling student to have English listening and reading skills at level B2, and speaking and writing skills at level B1. (more information can be found via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • Acceptance on the minor is subject to the availability of places on the course.

How to apply for an exchange programme, minor or specialisation

If your university is an exchange partner of HAS green academy you can apply for an exchange period at the International Office of your own university.

If you are from an institution without an agreement with HAS green academy, please get in touch with Loes Rosenberg at studentexchange@has.nl.

5 steps to apply

1. Apply for an exchange period

Please apply for an exchange period at the International Office at your home institution
(note: only when your home institution is an exchange partner of HAS green academy)

Partner institutions
2. Be nominated

The International Office of your home institution will nominate you as an exchange student at HAS green academy.


How to be nominated

Students can be nominated by sending an email to studentexchange@has.nl.

Please include:

  • the name,
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • e-mail,
  • period and
  • the programme the student wishes to apply for.
3. Info about application

After we have received your nomination, we will send you the information regarding your application at HAS.
(important deadlines, application form, required documents etc.)

4. Complete the application

Once we have received your (complete) application before the application deadline we will start to process it.

5. Status application and admission

After the application deadline you will be informed about the status of your application and admission at HAS green academy.

Nomination & application deadlines

Semester 1

  • Starting date studies
    28 August 2022
  • Nomination deadline
    April 2022
  • Application deadline
    May 2022

Semester 2

  • Starting date studies
    February 2023
  • Nomination deadline
    October 2022
  • Application deadline
    November 2022

Please note that it’s not needed to wait for these deadlines to apply. If you already know you would like to apply at HAS green academy, it’s possible to do this at an earlier stage.

Want to know more about exchange?

More info about exchange to the Netherlands, studying at HAS green academy and living in the Netherlands, can be found on our special Study at HAS page.

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