VIII Master in
Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology

October 2022 - June 2024

Organized by:

UPV Instituto Agronómico Mediterráneo de Zaragoza del Centro Internacional de Altos Estudios Agronómicos Mediterráneos (CIHEAM) UAB

With the collaboration of:


Reasons for studying this master

International experience. Over 90 students and 20 nationalities have already done this Master.

Expert lecturers. Over 40 professionals from 7 countries, specialized in their topics of expertise.

Interuniversity Master. Barcelona and Valencia (Spain). Learn at two universities and live in two cities.

Official degree. Official degree awarded by CIHEAM and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Excellent career opportunities. Nine out of every ten students that have done this Master are working in fields related to animal breeding or reproduction biotechnology. Strong demand for professionals qualified in quantitative genetics, one of the main subjects of this Master.

Animal breeding

Animal breeding is a complex discipline that brings together relatively disparate subjects. On one hand, population and quantitative genetics have given rise to major advances in the breeds and populations used in animal production. On the other hand, the recent development of molecular genetics is making a growing contribution to animal breeding. Finally, reproduction biotechnology offers tools to enhance and facilitate the application of quantitative and molecular breeding methods.


The general objective of the Master is to train young professionals and scientists so that, both from the public and private sectors they will have the operative capacity to establish, develop and evaluate animal breeding programmes. Moreover, the second part of the programme represents a period of initiation to research.

The Master enables the participants to:

  • Update the scientific grounds of the disciplines that constitute animal breeding.
  • Acquire experience in the application of the most advanced methods and techniques and in the formulation of breeding strategies related to the main species of zootechnical interest.
  • Gain the necessary expertise to join programmes of molecular genetics, genetic improvement, reproduction biotechnology and conservation of genetic resources, providing alternatives that improve the effectiveness of such programmes.
  • Be competent in responding to the specific demands of administrations or firms.
  • Be introduced into research, critically applying acquired knowledge, capacities and abilities to the treatment of real problems related to animal breeding.
  • Exchange enriching experiences and points of view through a programme developed in contact with the sector in an interprofessional and international environment.

Academic organization

The Master is held over two academic years [120 credits, following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)] and is structured in two parts.

The first part of the Master (60 ECTS) is professionally oriented and comprises lectures, practicals, round table discussions and technical visits. It will run from October 2022 to June 2023. The first term will be held in Barcelona, in the Department of Animal Science and Food of the UAB, and the second and third terms will be held in Valencia, in the Department of Animal Science of the UPV. The programme will be delivered by lectures with recognized experience from the organizing institutions, universities and research centres in different countries.

The second part of the Master (60 ECTS) is a period of initiation to research. It will start in October 2023 and will last approximately 10 months during which participants do research work and prepare their Master of Science thesis. The thesis will be publicly defended before an examining board.

Programme (120 ECTS)

Part one (60 ECTS)

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Subject 1. Molecular genetics

Autonomous University of Barcelona | October – December 2022 | January - February 2023 (Practicals)

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Subject 3. Reproduction biotechnology

Part two (60 ECTS)

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Subject 4. Research principles and techniques
Research Centre associated with the Master

Research Centre associated with the Master

  • Initiation to scientific research (10 ECTS)
  • Data analysis and techniques (10 ECTS)
  • Scientific documentation (10 ECTS)

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Subject 5. Master of Science Thesis

The Master of Science Thesis will be an original research project carried out by the student on a subject proposed by the Master’s Study Commission, supervised by a tutor (with a PhD degree), also approved by the Commission. Exceptionally, students may propose another director or laboratory with a solid international scientific reputation, subject to approval by the Commission.

Diplomas and degrees

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Diploma of Postgraduate Specialization. At the end of the first part of the Master, participants that have successfully completed the programme and obtained 60 ECTS will receive the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma awarded by CIHEAM.
CIHEAM Master of Science Degree. CIHEAM will award the Master of Science Degree to the participants that have obtained 120 ECTS. This degree is equivalent to the official Spanish Master.
Together with the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma and Master of Science, CIHEAM issues the corresponding Diploma Supplements providing information regarding the qualification type and level, the contents of the training and results gained.
The UPV will award the Official Interuniversity Master’s Degree, together with the UAB, to students that have obtained 120 credits.

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A new edition of the Master is held biennially, therefore enrolment in Part One of the programme takes place every two years. The VIII edition will start in October 2022 and end in June 2024 and the IX edition will run from October 2024 to June 2026.

Part One of the Master is designed for approximately 20 participants fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Eligibility to pursue postgraduate studies in their country of origin or accrediting the equivalent of 240 ECTS in graduate studies.
  • A degree in agronomy, veterinary science, biology or other related subjects.
  • Knowledge of genetics and statistics. Previous professional experience in this field is valued.

Spanish and English are the working languages of the Master, Spanish being the main language of instruction. Knowledge of Spanish and English will be taken into consideration when selecting candidates.
Applicants from non-Spanish-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of Spanish at B1 level or higher, as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of English at A2 level or higher.

Applicants that have not finished their university studies or need prior authorization to participate in the Master may be accepted on a provisional basis.

Any applicants interested in taking subjects in the Master programme but without leading to a diploma may enrol in the number of credits they wish.

Intensive Spanish course

CIHEAM Zaragoza organizes an intensive Spanish course online, starting in the first week of July 2022. This course is compulsory for students from non-Spanish speaking countries that are unable to accredit a B1 level of Spanish or higher.

Application and registration


International candidates may apply for the Master at:

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the university diploma (or certificate proving the applicant is in the final year of studies). Candidates in their final year of studies will be asked to provide a certificate stating the expected date of completion and a transcript of records with the subjects taken and grades obtained in the preceding academic years.
  • Copy of the transcript of records (stating subjects taken and qualifications obtained)
  • Other supporting documents that the candidates may consider of interest, especially if they have any language knowledge certificates

Supporting documents will be accepted in Spanish, English or French.

CIHEAM Zaragoza will provide successful candidates with instructions to formalize registration.


Applicants from Spain and applicants from EU countries with knowledge of Spanish may pre-register within the deadlines stated on the website:

Registration fees are approximately 2400* euro per academic year.

(*) This fee is orientative and may be updated according to the official rates established each year by the Generalitat de Valencia through the Council Decree.


Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may request a CIHEAM Zaragoza scholarship when they make their application: Scholarships are 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 Turkey.

There are two types of scholarship:

  • Scholarships including the registration fee, intensive online Spanish course, a monthly payment of 700 euros and health insurance for Spain covering the academic period.
  • Exemption from the payment of registration fees.

Candidates from Latin America may apply for a CIHEAM Zaragoza scholarship covering all or part of the registration fee and board and lodging expenses.

According to the agreement between INIA and CIHEAM Zaragoza, INIA may finance partial participation of students.

Spanish participants may request a scholarship from the Ministry of Education.

Participants of other nationalities that request funding may apply directly to other national or international institutions.

Dates and deadlines

Part One of the Master will be held from October 2022 to June 2023.
Part Two of the Master will begin in October 2023 and will run for approximately 10 months.


Non-Spanish candidates may submit their application from 5 April to 15 May 2022. CIHEAM Zaragoza will provide successful candidates with instructions before the start of the Master on how to formalize registration.

(**) Applicants from non-EU countries are advised to check visa application deadlines. Successful candidates should make visa arrangements well in advance at their nearest Spanish embassy or consulate.


Spanish candidates and Spanish-speaking candidates from EU member countries may pre-register in accordance with the deadlines and regulations stated on the website:

About us

Created in 1969, CIHEAM Zaragoza 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. CIHEAM Zaragoza is an international centre of reference having trained over 15 000 professionals of the Mediterranean agrifood system over the last 50 years.
Our training offer includes:
(i) 8 Masters of Science (two-year programmes): ‘Animal Nutrition’ (with the University of Zaragoza and FEDNA), ‘Agro-food Marketing’, ‘Plant Genetics, Genomics and Breeding’, ‘Sustainable Water Management and Governance in Natural and Agricultural Environments’, ‘Olive Growing and Oil Technology’ (with the University of Cordoba, Junta de Andalucía, IFAPA, OIC, CSIC and FPCO), ‘Sustainable Fisheries Management’ (with the University of Alicante), ‘Marine Aquaculture’ (with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), and ‘Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology’ (with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, IVIA and INIA).
ii) Advanced courses for professionals, of one week in duration, have an applied focus and are designed for professionals that wish to update their knowledge and explore technical or methodological aspects in greater depth. In the last 30 years, CIHEAM Zaragoza has organized over 350 advanced courses in the five areas of knowledge: plant production, health and breeding; animal production and welfare; marketing and agrifood systems; fisheries and aquaculture; and environment and natural resources.
CIHEAM Zaragoza strengthens research and international cooperation through the management of research projects.
Thanks to its location on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest and most prestigious agricultural research complexes in Spain, synergies can be developed between science, business and the student community.