Animal Genetics


You will develop your understanding of animal population genetics, concepts of relationship and inbreeding, the adverse effects of inbreeding, quantitative genetics, genetic variance, heritability and repeatability, and methods for the identification and selection of superior livestock. Animal genetics also covers the applications of biotechnology to animal productivity, disease control, the development of new products from animals and the impact of altered micro-organisms and plants on animals, molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology.

Assumed knowledge

See admission requirements and assumed knowledge for the Master of Animal Science [link]. Units of study involving advanced reproduction technologies may require students to have veterinary background or that students work under supervision.

Study plan

A candidate specialising in animal genetics completes 12 credit points (cp) of core units and 36cp of units which may include up to 24cp of research units of study listed for this stream.

Graduate opportunities

Completing the Master of Animal Science with the Animal Genetics stream at University of Sydney provides an excellent path for graduates to pursue careers in animal science, research and a range of animal industries. Employment opportunities are available in diverse locations with production animals, companion animals and wildlife.
Career opportunities may include:
? Careers in animal health and diagnostics, consultancy, laboratory and field research in the animal sciences and tertiary education;
? Careers in genetics/biotechnology: medical research, native animal genomics, molecular biology (animal and human), genetics and biotechnology companies and assisted reproductive technologies (artificial breeding and IVF).


Camperdown campus and Camden campus

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