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Master's Degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding, and Reproductive Biotechnology Vera (València) Campus, Universitat Politècnica de València

Master's Degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding, and Reproductive Biotechnology

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Future livestock farming models must be based on sustainability, within the framework of competitive and animal welfare-friendly production systems. Animal breeding not only contributes to the sustainability of production and increases its profitability, but also makes it possible, through new technologies, to improve its efficiency and adapt it to divergent consumer demand. Thus, population and quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and reproductive biotechnology, are currently basic subjects in livestock breeding development.

Population genetics has been responsible for major advances in breeds and animal populations used in production, and the more recently developed molecular genetics is increasingly contributing to breeding. Finally, reproductive biotechnology offers tools that enhance and facilitate the application of both quantitative and molecular breeding methods.

The programme provides solid training in these essential basic subjects that underpin animal breeding, and allows the acquisition of experience through the critical review of current breeding and reproductive biotechnology programmes carried out in different species, discussions with professionals in the sector and technical visits to public and private institutions involved in breeding programmes.


  • Updating of the scientific basis of animal breeding.
  • Acquisition of experience in the formulation of breeding strategies for the main species of zootechnical interest.
  • Training to join programmes in molecular genetics, breeding, reproductive biotechnology or conservation of genetic resources.
  • Acquisition of skills to respond to the specific demands of administrations or companies.
  • Initiation into research on problems related to animal breeding.
  • Exchange of experiences and points of view in an interprofessional and international environment, in contact with the sector.

Aimed at

Graduates related to animal production or biology, such as agronomists, veterinarians, biologists or zootechnicians.

Students admitted to the master's degree programme will be assigned a tutor with whom they will decide the specific subjects in which they should enrol according to the student's previous degree and orientation.

Admission criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic record, their curricular orientation, their links to breeding or biotechnology organisations or companies, and possibly through a personal interview.

For candidates from Mediterranean developing countries and Latin America (check at: www.iamz.ciheam.org), for which 10 places will be reserved, the diversification of countries of origin will also be taken into account.


Department of Animal Science (UPV), Department of Animal and Food Science (UAB) and IAMZ-CIHEAM


Department of Animal Science (UPV), the Department of Animal and Food Science (UAB), IAMZ-CIHEAM, the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research (IVIA), the National Institute of Agricultural Research and Technology (INIA) and the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA).


  • Agroalimed Foundation
  • Ministry of Education

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