Animal-Derived Foods

Master (2 years) of of Science in Animal-Derived Foods, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 8000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Erasmus Yes


During the two-year programme in Animal-derived Food (also known as EM Food of Life) , you work with several aspects of animal-derived food production: The increasing global demand for meat and milk products, the increasing emphasis on product quality and proven health benefits for the consumer, the increasing focus on animal health and welfare, and the demand for a reduced environmental impact of the production.

You will become an expert in the interaction between animal science, food production, food technology and the scientific, social and cultural issues influencing the food production chain.

Read about the structure of the programme

Career Opportunities  

The MSc in Animal Derived-food will prepare you for a career in the Danish or international food production industries. You will gain a solid theoretical foundation, practical experience and technical skills in both animal science and food technology subjects, and you will obtain significant knowledge of the global challenges involved in providing safe, healthy and nutritious meat and milk products to feed our growing human population.

When you graduate, you will be able to apply to high-level PhD programmes, pursue a management career in the primary production industries or food processing industries, work in consultancy, for private companies or for international and governmental agencies and NGOs such as FAO and WHO.

About the Degree

Animal-Derived Foods is part of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus programme, and is is also referred to as "Erasmus Mundus Food of Life" (EM Food of Life). It is offered by a consortium of four European universities: Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Helsinki and University of Copenhagen. You are required to study at two of these universities of your choice and depending on which academic profile you want.

All students will attend an Introductory Module at the start of Year One and a Summer School at the start of Year Two. During the two years of the programme you must study in two of the consortium partner countries, if you hold an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, 


There will be no admission for EM Food of Life in 2015. The European Commission has not confirmed the continuation of the programme beyond the last intake in 2014. Please keep an eye on for further information.

All EU and Non-EU citizens can apply to the programme. You are eligible to apply if you have:
  • a Bachelor’s degree within a related area (animal science, food science or technology, other biological science)
  • High proficiency in English: IELTS score: 6.0  TOEFL score: 560/IBT 83
  • Strong personal statement of motivation
  • Good recommendations from two references, of which at least one is academic
  • Relevant work experience

Tuition and scholarships

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students. Every year 11-15 scholarships are available for Non-EU students and EU students .

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It is possible to be admitted to the course, even though you are not awarded a scholarship. You will then have to cover EM Food of Life participatory costs yourself. If you finance your study yourself, you are allowed to study in the country of your last university degree.. 

Further Information

Information about application deadlines and procedures can be found on the EM Food of Life website or by contacting the Erasmus Mundus Secretariat:

Watch a video about the programme

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

All applicants

Application date
Dec 01
Start date
Sep 01

Frederiksberg Campus


The Frederiksberg Campus houses part of the Faculty of Science with areas of studies including natural and biosciences as well as part of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, including the University Hospital for Companion Animals. It is located a few kilometres west of the city centre in beautiful green surroundings. Frederiksberg is a popular residential area. The Frederiksberg Campus area includes beautful gardens with many facilities for students, including a student-run café in an old greenhouse.

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