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Master of Agricultural sciences

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Kaunas, A. Mickevičiaus g. 9

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Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras, 10/31/2023

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Summary of the Profile

General Description:
Objective(s) of a study programme:
To prepare highly qualified master’s of agricultural science, zootechnics field capable to creatively apply the newest knowledge, methods and technologies in animal husbandry practice, capable to independently carry out analysis, to evaluate analysis results, to perform work requesting high quality in state and private sector.

Learning outcomes:
To master the modern theories of animal husbandry science, to be able to responsibly and independently express ideas, to apply modern research methods, explain the principles and application of the chosen methods, to choose appropriate methods of statistical analysis for specific research, to plan and implement them properly.
To master the newest knowledge regarding animal husbandry specifics and structure, coherence, functioning of its components and change under fluctuating conditions of environmental impact; to deepen competences acquired in the first cycle study, to creatively apply the knowledge developing scientific ideas independently.
To manage to ensure optimal physiological, etiological and nutrient needs of animals; implementation and control of feeds production, requirements of animal welfare; to have awareness of achievements in animals’ genetics and biotechnologies and possibilities of their application.
To manage to evaluate and apply technologies of animal husbandry (dairy and meat cattle production, pig, poultry apiculture production, etc.)
To manage to produce safe high quality raw materials and production of animal origin of sustaining environment and evaluating risk factors.
To manage solve problems in animal husbandry under the conditions of persistently changing environment; to be aware of one’s own knowledge and consequences of taken decisions on that basis and responsibly for that.

Activities of teaching and learning:
Conventional lecture, written work, analysis of mistakes, demonstration, practical classes, individual and team work, presentations, case analysis, problems solution, consultations
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Animal Husbandry Technology study programme‘s student‘s achievements conception is concerted with national and international document‘s content. Europe Parliament and Council‘s reccomendations 2008/C 111/01/EB for students achievement‘s evaluation are adjusted for Europe‘s lifelong learning qualifications union‘s establishmentdėl therefor the evaluation has two aims: to evaluate student‘s progress and final studies results, that are named as predictable studies results in studies programme. Student’s achievements evaluation system’s principles are named in LUHS studies regulations. Accumulative evaluation system is applied in second level’s studies programmes. Discipline’s studies results achievements are evaluated by an exam, practical results achievement’s – by practice defence, whole study programme’s results achievements are evaluated by masters final thesis, which a student starts to preprare after the studies started, and later present it in public commission. Requirements for master thesis preparation and methodic guidelines are given in Animal Husbandry Technology studies programmes final thesis preparation’s and defence regulation, that is certified in a session of Animal Husbandry faculty council in 2016 November 9th, No. of report 3 (100). Methodical assistance for lecturers while selecting methods of evaluation is given by university lecturers educational competence centre.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
In AHT programme of full-time and continuous study, 105 ECTS credits are allocated for study field/speciality part. The volume of the study Programme in full-time study equals to that in the continuous study – only the study duration differs. The full- time study lasts 2 years (4 semesters); that of the continuous study – 2.5 yr (5 semesters).
The volume of AHT master’s full-time study (105 ECTS credits) is distributed to compose 60 ECTS credits in the first year, and 45 ECTS credits – in the second, whereas in the continuous study : 45 ECTS credits –in the first year, and in the second study year– 30 ECTS credits, in the third – also 30 ECTS credits.
In AHT masters, full-time and continuous studies 6 compulsory subjects of study field are offered (27 ECTS credits, composing 25.7 per cent of the whole Programme scope).
The scientific research in AHT master’s full -time and continuous studies consists of three parts: first year – semester 1 and 2, second year – semester 3. In the full-time study, practice is performed and thesis defended in the second year of the study (semester 4), whereas in the continuous study – in the third year (semester 5).

Optional courses:
In addition to the compulsory subjects in AHT masters full-time and continuous studies elective block of special subjects consists of 12 ECTS (11.43 per cent of the total scope of the programme), block of free choice subjects and practice - 9 ECTS credits each (8.57 per cent). For thesis preparation and defence – 48 ECTS credits (45.71 percent).

Distinctive features of a study programme:
Lithuanian Health Science University is the sole university in Lithuania, performing modern interdisciplinary research, preparing and awarding doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees and qualifications in veterinary and agriculture. The University is the only one in Lithuania implementing specialised second cycle programme of agricultural sciences study area, zootechnics field, whereas the AHT master’s study programme is sole specialised second cycle programme of agricultural field in Lithuania – which was launched reacting to the demand of animal husbandry for animal husbandry specialists prepared to independently work in production and scientific areas of animal husbandry sector, solving issues of agricultural and animal husbandry institutions as well as national, regional and local problems under the influence of globalisation factors.

Access to professional activity or further study:
Access to professional activity:
Graduates of AHT master‘s study programme work successfully in animal husbandry sector, are engaged in science research, doctoral study at LUHS and other science institutions of the country, pedagogical activity at universities and collegiums. Moreover, graduates lead a successful professional career in offices of Agricultural Consulting Service, National paying agency, agricultural departments of municipalities, etc.

Access to further study:
Students completing the Master of Animal Technology program, studies will be able to continue their studies in a doctoral Zootechny.