Course of Study

The Master programme "Livestock Sciences" is divided into four parts. In 13 mandatory courses, the students obtain knowledge in animal nutrition, animal breeding, reproduction, livestock farming, animal health and economy. In the module "Linear and Mixed Models", students learn how to analyse and evaluate data with scientific methods. With the compulsory elective courses students are able to specialise in different fields of Livestock Sciences.

All students are allowed to visit extra courses that can be acknowledged in the Master's degree if appropriate. The University of Rostock offers a huge variety of interesting specialisations.


Teaching and learning forms

Teaching and learning forms

The study-specific examination and study regulations of the Master's degree programme in Livestock Sciences determine which modules have to be completed in which semester (see study programme schedule). In addition, students receive a timetable for each semester in which the courses of all modules of the respective semester are scheduled.

The contents of the course are taught in different courses. The types of courses are characterised by the use of different forms of teaching and learning.

The following types of courses are used in the Master's programme in Livestock Sciences:



Modules are completed with an examination at the end of the semester. Those tests are most commonly oral or written exams, but also assignments and presentations are possible. Dates for all examinations are scheduled during the first and the last two weeks of the lecture free time.

According to the study and examination regulations of the program, it is possible that certain exercises and tasks need to be fulfilled as entrance requirements for the examinations. Entrance requirements can be: assignments, reviews on a certain field of study, presentations, reports, tests, exercises or participation in scientific discussions.

At the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences the examination period of one semester is separated in two examination phases. The first examination phase takes place in the first two weeks after the end of lectures. The second examination phase takes place during the two weeks before the start of the new term.