• What does the course involve?
  • Professional career
  • Enrolment
  • Specifications

In this programme, you will focus on aspects such as pig nutrition, breeding, pig health and welfare, feed production, climate, and economics. In your role as advisor, you will give practical advice in actual cases. The programme therefore contains elements such as advisory training and practical training in farm analysis on our own University Farm and farms in the area. There are courses on applied business economics, marketing and strategy (entrepreneurship). The programme consists of 2 courses (modules), a company placement, and a thesis.

This one-year programme is divided into 2 semesters:

The focus in all courses is on pigs:

Semester 1 

Pig specialist and advisor (13 ECTS credits)

  • You learn how to make an applied farm analysis and translate this into economic results
  • You gain in-depth knowledge about nutrition, health, welfare, breeding, and feed management, and learn how to put this into practice
  • You will get practical training on the job (understand, advise and optimize in practice)


Entrepreneur (13 ECTS credits)

  • Understanding markets and consumer demands
  • Dealing with cultural differences and eating habits
  • Human Resource Management in different circumstances


Competency Management (4 ECTS credits)

  • Intercultural communication
  • Personal development

Semester 2

Applied livestock research (8 ECTS credits)

  • Statistics
  • Research methodology 


Company placement (16 ECTS credits)

The company placement is in a company in pig advisory, business, or applied research, or in a more complex pig farm. This placement will be in the Netherlands. Students have been placed with feed companies, large-scale pig farms and specific international advisory organisations


Thesis (6 ECTS credits)

Students choose their own subject for the thesis report. Most of the time, this subject is related to the focus of their company placement. In their thesis reports, students demonstrate their ability to do applied research on a Bachelor level.

This programme is offered to a mixed group of Dutch and foreign students. 


High quality education

All study programmes at Aeres University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation NVAO. In this way, you are ensured of high quality education as measured by international education standards. More informatie you can find on the website of NVAO.


ECT system

All records of modules are administered according to the EC system. After one semester in a course, students’ progress and results are assessed in a meeting of the lecturers teaching and assessing the course. This meeting is meant to identify students with possible progress problems. At the end of the course , students’ progress and results are assessed again. The award of a degree or diploma and pertinent qualification follows the award of all course credits leading to that award. 

Find out more about the ECTS - guide.

Successful graduates will be competent to start a career in the following areas of expertise:

  • Pig business advisor
  • Pig farm manager
  • Pig business entrepreneur


Successful applicants for the 1 year Bachelor degree courses must have:

  • Completed at least three years of university study in a related subject relevant to the study programme in such a way that the resulting combined study pathway is plausible in its entirety
  • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognised equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79)
  • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of the chosen area of interest. Essay writing is part of the selection procedure
  • Strong motivation to be successful in the sector
  • Team spirit, a flexible attitude in an international working environment
  • Funding in the form of a grant or a stipend, or private means

More information about admission.


How to apply

The application procedure consists of two steps. The first step is to complete the application form on our website and send in your CV and motivation letter, indicating which course you would like to apply for. Our application committee will inform you about the result. If you are eligible, the second step is an invitation for an intake interview and a paper-based English test or you can submit proof of English proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS. Processing of the applications will commence in October. Read all about the application voor EU-students and Non EU-students here.

Bachelor programme International Dairy Management
Title/ Degree  Bachelor of Animal Husbandry
Faculty  Dronten 
Start of programme  September 
Duration of programme  1 year 
Number of credits  60 ECTS 
Type of programme  Full-time 
Language of instruction  English 
Country of study programme  NL 
Internship(s)  yes 
Accrediation  NVAO 
Application deadlines  1 April - NON-EU students 
  1 June - EU students 
Tuition fee  Find more information here 

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