International Master in
Animal Nutrition

October 2023 - July 2025
(120 ECTS)

Year one (60 ECTS): 2 October 2023 – 14 June 2024
Year two (60 ECTS): September 2024 – July 2025

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Why choose this Master?


International and multicultural experience. Take a unique opportunity to study and stablish a network of contacts and collaboration with participants and experts from different countries.


Lectures of recognized experience. Well qualified lecturers from UZ, UPM, and international organizations, universities, research institutes and private companies in 9 countries.


Initiation to professional work and research. Traineeship at a firm in the agro-food production or animal nutrition sector, a livestock farm or a public institution and research work for the Master thesis.


Official Spanish Master degree awarded by the UZ and Master of Science Degree awarded by CIHEAM. Postgraduate Specialization Diploma awarded by CIHEAM upon completion of the first year.


High employability rate of alumni.


First year (60 ECTS)

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.

Second year (60 ECTS)

The second year of the Master consists of tutored initiation to research or to professional activity in collaboration with universities, research centres, associations and private firms.

Estancia formativa profesional relacionada con la nutrición animal

Some of the final Master Project host centres 2022-2023.

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

Train at an outstanding international institution

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Admission and registration

Candidates must apply online at the following address:

The Master is designed for participants that fulfil the following criteria: Eligibility to pursue postgraduate studies in their country of origin or accrediting the equivalent of 240 ECTS in graduate studies.
University degree, preferably in agricultural science, veterinary science, animal husbandry, animal science, agricultural engineering. Previous knowledge of animal biology, animal physiology, animal nutrition and statistics must be accredited.
Knowledge of Spanish and English. Spanish is the working language of the Master. Applicants from non-Spanish-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of Spanish at B2 level or higher. Knowledge of French will be also valued.
Registration fees are approximately 1920 euro per academic year
This amount covers:
Cost of credits enrolled
Administration fee
The price is indicative only, this fee corresponds to Decree 109/2022 of 33 July 2022 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 2023-2024.

Dates and deadlines

First year: the main activities will be held from 2 October 2023 to 14 June 2024.
Second year: it will begin in September 2024 for a duration of approximately 10 months.

Application deadlines are as follows:
Candidates requiring visa and/or without knowledge of Spanish: 2 May 2023.
Candidates not requiring visa and with knowledge of Spanish:
1st Deadline: 15 June 2023. Candidatures presented by this deadline will have preference
2nd Deadline: 10 September 2023
Non-European candidates should take note of the visa procedure deadlines.


Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Türkiye) may request a scholarship to cover registration fees and accommodation. They will be awarded according to academic merit. Priority will be given to applicants from low, medium and medium-high income CIHEAM member countries according to the World Bank: Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Türkiye. Requests for scholarships should be made during the application process.

Candidates from other countries seeking finance should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

Contact us!

Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, España

+34 976716000