International Master in
Animal Nutrition

27 September 2021 - July 2022

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What makes this Master unique?


Animal nutrition is an essential element of livestock production, therefore specialist training is required to produce safe, quality food products and design sustainable production systems.


An innovative programme providing in-depth knowledge of nutrition systems for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and rabbits through analysis of modern, sustainable techniques and methods.


A multidisciplinary programme delivered by more than 60 qualified professionals from 9 countries, chosen for their expertise and reputation.


A comprehensive teaching system combining lectures, practicals, individual tutored work and visits to livestock farms, businesses and research centres.


A professional traineeship at a firm in the agro-food production or animal nutrition sector, a livestock farm or a public institution.


The Final Master Project of the second year is carried out at a national or international university, research centre or firm.


92% of alumni from recent editions are already working in fields related to the Master or preparing a doctoral thesis.


An opportunity to build up an international network of contacts and collaborators, an essential factor of differentiation in today’s competitive job market.


Official qualification awarded by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the University of Zaragoza (UZ).


The Master is accredited by the Aragon Agency of Quality Assurance (ACPUA).


The programme delivered in the first year (60 ECTS) has a professional orientation and includes a taught programme, individual and group practical work, a supervised individual project, technical visits and a professional traineeship.

Bases de la nutricion animal

Principles of animal nutrition

Students learn the scientific principles of animal nutrition and feeding, through detailed analysis of the chemical composition and physical properties of feeds, digestion processes, metabolism, feed evaluation systems, nutrient requirements and control mechanisms and estimation of feed intake.

Alimentos para el ganado y tecnología de fabricación de piensos

Feedstuffs and feed technology: composition, quality and safety

Students are provided with the knowledge and skills required to become professionals in animal nutrition and guarantee optimum livestock nutrition through efective use of feeds. They will address available raw materials and manufactured feeds, learn to calculate their nutritional value and determine what factors affect feed conservation and quality. Students also gain insight into feed manufacture technology.

Alimentación animal y calidad y seguridad de los alimentos

Animal feeding, and food quality and safety

Students learn how to apply concepts, techniques and methods seen in the first two modules to define feeding strategies for various livestock species. They will examine the appropriate feeding strategies for each production phase, from a technical and economical perspective and address how feeding influences the quality of end products.

Métodos matemáticos y estadísticos en la nutrición animal

Mathematical and statistical methods in animal nutrition

Students acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the use of specialized data bases and software packages, experimental design and statistical analysis of experimental data. Students also learn how to apply models and decision support systems to predict, assess and optimize physiological and nutritional processes and calculate rations.

Repercusiones de la nutrición sobre el medio ambiente y la salud y bienestar de los animales

Repercussions of nutrition on the environment and on animal health and welfare

Students gain insight into the relationship between animal nutrition and health and animal welfare. They also address management strategies to develop safer and higher quality products and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to develop feeding systems to minimize the impact of nutrition.

Proyecto individual

Individual Project

In the first part of the Master students carry out an individual project on novel animal nutrition methodologies or techniques and how to apply them in a productive context. The project may also focus on the design of a nutrition programme for a given species, production system or conditions of a specific area, normally in students’ countries of origin. Each student is assigned a tutor to develop this project under the supervision of the Master’s scientific coordinators.

Estancia formativa profesional relacionada con la nutrición animal

Professional training stage related to animal nutrition

The last month of the first part of the Master is dedicated to a professional internship where students apply the knowledge acquired during the taught part of the programme and gain practical experience and insight into relevant issues for the sector. The internships are organized in feed manufacturing industries and modern livestock farms and at institutions related with animal nutrition or animal product quality.

The only Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition offered in Spain

About us

CIHEAM Zaragoza was established in 1969 and is one of the four Institutes of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), together with Bari in Italy, Montpellier in France and Chania in Greece. The headquarters of the Organization are based in Paris.

CIHEAM’s objectives are to develop cooperation between the countries of the Mediterranean through a comprehensive training and education programme, promoting strategic research and cooperation in the areas of agro-food, fisheries and natural resources and to enhance political dialogue on these issues in the region.

Manuel Fondevila

Manuel Fondevila

Scientific coordinator

Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)

Gerardo Caja

Gerardo Caja

Scientific coordinator

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia

Scientific coordinator

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Andrés Schlageter

Andrés Schlageter

Academic coordinator

CIHEAM Zaragoza

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The Master will be delivered in blended learning format, combining online learning with face-to-face classroom lectures. In response to the current health situation concerning Covid-19, the academic programme will be given online for the first three months, with live interactive classes. When the national and international situation regains normality, students will attend face-to-face lectures. Physical attendance to lectures will not begin under any circumstances before January 2022.

The Master is intended for graduates in agricultural science, veterinary science, animal husbandry, agricultural engineering, forestry engineering, environmental engineering, and other engineering degrees, environmental science, biology, chemistry or biochemistry. Candidates with degrees in subjects related to social science, economics, law and ICT may also apply.

The selection process is conducted by CIHEAM Zaragoza's studies commission for the Master, based on the documents submitted by candidates with their application and a personal interview. Academic results and any previous professional experience related with the area of specialization are the main aspects considered.

Dates and deadlines

Part One of the Master is held from 27 September 2021 to July 2022.
Part Two will commence in September 2022 with a duration of 10 months.
The end date of the first academic year stipulated for July 2022 may change according to the COVID-19 situation.

The application deadlines are the following:
Non-Spanish candidates: 18 March to 17 May 2021.
Spanish candidates or candidates with knowledge of Spanish : 18 March to 6 September 2021
Non-European candidates should take note of the visa procedure deadlines.

Registration and scholarships

Registration fees are 2244 euro per academic year.
Candidates from CIHEAM member countries may apply for a scholarship to cover registration fees, medical insurance and full-board accommodation.
Candidates from other countries may apply for a grant to cover part of the registration fees.
This fee corresponds to Decree 65/2020 of 30 July of the Government of Aragon and will be updated in accordance with the new official fees set by the Department of Science, Universities and Knowledge Society for the academic year 2021-2022.

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+34 976716000